Trump, Interment Camps and Muslim Bans – an FAQ

By Maureen Pettibone Ryan Donald J. Trump has made several statements during his campaign that have given rise to concerns about civil rights in America, particularly for minority groups such as Muslim Americans. This essays serves as  a starting point to address the constitutionality of Mr. Trump’s proposed policies regarding Muslims. Much of this discussion is [Read More…]

Modest Muslim Fashion Show Caters to Mixed-Gender Audience

By Saideh Jamshidi Lee Mozena, director of Zena Consulting, organized a mixed-gender modest couture fashion show to celebrate diversity, multiculturalism and different standards of modest fashion in the Pacific Northwest last week. Malikah Festival was the product of the effort, funded by Redmond Arts and Culture Commission, which took place at Redmond Senior Center. “I think [Read More…]

Noor Tagouri and Playboy – Empowerment, Assimilation or Colonialism?

By Hajara Shareef The Muslim community’s response to Noor Tagouri’s appearance in Playboy has been generally been one of condemnation or support. Despite the opposition of their differing opinions, the one thing they both share is that their responses are reactionary. Both fixate on the small picture of Noor’s actions (should she have done this?), [Read More…]

Noor Tagouri Responds – But is Playboy the Medium for Muslim Women’s Empowerment?

By Zehra Rizavi Muslim-American journalist Noor Tagouri posted a response piece today to the backlash she has faced for choosing to appear in the latest issue of Playboy magazine — this sentence might seem like an oxymoron, but it is all too real. The incongruity of a hijab-wearing Muslim woman posing in a publication that [Read More…]

France’s Burkini Ban Declared Illegal. Now What?

Embed from Getty Images By Rim-Sarah Alouane If you’ve been following the ongoing burkini debacle in France, you may have concluded that since hijabs and niqabs are already banned in certain circumstances and since anti-Muslim sentiment continues to increase, that a national affirmation of the burkini ban would have been a fait accompli. However, the French [Read More…]

My Hijab Doesn’t Define Me

By Hadeer Hijabi. The word stumbles about my tongue in an ungainly fashion instead of rolling off gracefully. When it escapes my mouth, it falls flat. I realize then that I hate it. This word confines me within a box, reducing who I am as a human being to a dress code I chose many [Read More…]