Who Benefits by “Hijabis” Featured in the Mainstream Fashion Industry?

The campaigns and media attention normalize the hijab in the mainstream’s gaze, but it also validates decades of patriarchal and Western voices telling women what they should look like and how they should behave. [Read more…]

Imagined Q&A on Hemlines and Hijabs

here is the difference: Israeli women (and men) protested outside the Knesset, loud and clear. It may not turn the ship, but they raised their voices. Saudi women have chosen to go along, some by choice and conviction, and others by choosing the path most travelled. But one day, they too will exercise their right to choose. I lived amongst them; I have seen the spark in their eyes. It’s only a matter of time. Just wait and see. [Read more…]

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…]