Friday Links

Seven Muslim women from around the world are bicycling across Iowa as a way of "promoting female sports participation as a fundamental right". The 470-mile ride, featuring 8,500 cyclists, began July 19 and finished July 25. In the last year and a half, as turmoil in Ukraine has dominated the news media’s attention, a group of young Moscovite Muslims saw a new window of opportunity to change perceptions by making Muslims the "trendsetters in fashion." Adila Matra writes a … [Read more...]

France’s Jessica Houara

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This article, co-authored by Laurent Dubois (@soccerpolitics) and MMW's Shireen Ahmed, previously appeared in Sports Illustrated. A recent special issue of the French Surface Football Magazine includes this portrait of national team player Jessica Houara-d’Hommeaux. The photograph is an invitation, even an incitement. In contemporary France, the discussion about and policing of what Muslim women do and don’t wear is a national obsession, one of the most electric and illuminating debates in the … [Read more...]

Is Islamophobia Real?

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A few weeks ago, I was meeting a friend of a friend for the first time. Now usually, my name gets transformed into Tamsin, or Tasmeem, or Tasmeen (the last two have quite unfortunate meanings in Arabic). In this case, the person I was introducing myself to said “Oh, like that creepy ISI woman.” I wasn’t sure what this referred to. Cue explanation that there was a character named Tasneem on season four of the TV show Homeland, a creepy ISI woman who was in league with the Taliban.Although Home … [Read more...]

Where The Undesirable Go

Sign at Assunah Muslims Association in Ottawa. Source.

This post was originally published on the writer's blog.  I left the mosque many years ago. I think the last straw for me was seeing female teachers and preachers telling us that women should not be in positions of leadership; that they should stay home and care for their children; or that a woman’s nature is _____________ and therefore, she does not belong in the public sphere. One day I just walked away and did not look back. Yet, once in a while I feel guilty. I think to myself, mosques re … [Read more...]

Review of Brick Walls by Saadia Faruqi

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Brick Walls by  Saadia Faruqi is a collection of seven short stories set in Pakistan, featuring a diverse cast of characters, from Asma, a widow struggling to feed her child, to the priveleged Rabia, who finds that wealth does not always protect women, to the precocious ten year old Nida, an aspiring cricketer who is not put off by being told that "only boys can play cricket."Subtitled Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan, the stories reminded me of the traditional genre of stories which … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak

A Palestinian girl on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Source.

 We at Muslimah Media Watch send our very best wishes to our readers this Eid al-fitr! We hope you had a beautiful Ramadan, and a joyous first day of Eid. … [Read more...]

There is Baraka in Receiving the Gift: On Eating Disorders and Choosing Not to Fast

Editor’s note: The writer of this piece wishes to remain anonymous.  This piece is a follow-up to one published last year, and contains discussions of disordered eating. A few months ago, I was having a conversation with a friend about how hard Ramadan was for me last year.“You know,” she said cautiously, “the exemption from fasting for health reasons applies for emotional and mental health too.”Her observation was more of a revelation than maybe it should have been.  If someone had a … [Read more...]


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