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…]

On Burkini and (Athletic) Headscarf Bans – Stripping Muslim Women of their Right to Self-Determination

Embed from Getty Images By Aisha Rahman While France increases its bans on Muslim women’s dress, international sports agencies like FIBA decide whether a headscarf wearing woman is “valid” enough to play basketball. Women today are stripped, literally or otherwise, of our dignity and right to self-determination. Instead, we are reduced to what society deems [Read More…]

Who is Being Excluded in Our Muslim Communities?

This is Day 13 of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Charles M. Turner Every Ramadan, I open my Quran and begin the month-long task of reading it to completion. It feels routine at first, something I’ve come to expect. Yet, when I open to those first few pages, I’m struck with a sense of [Read More…]

Why is Muslim Fashion and Modest Dressing the Story That Never Ends?

By Michael Wolfe Standing ovations at TED Talks are not that common. The last one I recall was a magician with a sword who, literally, showed his audience how to swallow fear. Imagine then the collective surprise when Dahlia Mogahed, social science research wonk, mother of two, and a practicing Muslim walks on stage, poised, [Read More…]

Putting an End to the Hoe-Jabi Shaming

By Nabah Rizvi A couple of months ago, I shared an article on my Facebook page about ‘Hijabi Hipsters’; a new generation of hijabis who fuse fashion with faith by wearing stylish hijab-friendly outfits. “Wow, that sounds like you!” One of my friends noted. Most of the other people in the thread seemed to agree [Read More…]

Being a Black American Muslim Woman – A Study of Challenges

By Margari Hill On November 21st, the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative kick-started the #BlackInMSA hashtag. It began with a conversation on our steering committee’s WhatsApp group about the current tensions between black students and their non-black peers in Muslim Student Associations the night before. This conversation was important given the current struggle Black Muslim students face [Read More…]