Friday Links — October 24, 2008

  • In response to the Amnesty International report on human rights in Saudi Arabia, the Riyadh-based Saudi National Human Rights Association will release its own report evaluating the country’s human rights situation. Judging from the fact that the vice president “praised the position of women in Saudi Arabia and cited education and work opportunities as the best examples of women’s rights,” I’m guessing it won’t be incredibly objective, though there are calls for this.
  • The Washington Post profiles Ghada Abdel Aal, a high-profile Egyptian blogger known for her posts about marriage suitors.
  • Raquel Evita Saraswati highlights the fact that the deaths of Amina and Sarah Said are being treated by the FBI as honor killings, which makes this the first time that the FBI has used this term. Later news reports state that the FBI has removed the term “honor crime” from the wanted notice of their father, who is accused of murdering Amina and Sarah.

Al Jazeera looks at girls’ schools that are under threat from Pakistani Taleban.

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  • The U.N. expresses concern over the rights of women and religious/ethnic minorities in Iran.
  • G. Willow Wilson and Muse talk about mahr.
  • The U.K.’s Association of Chief Police Officers have issued new guidelines to more effectively spot and handle potential honor crime situations.
  • Global Online Voices highlights a new direction in the “We are All Laila” campaign.
  • Johann Hari from The Independent asks, “Dare we stand up for Muslim women?”
  • Room magazine is looking for submissions; Muslim ladies, speak up, if you please.
  • Cafebabel profiles Turkish theologist Nuriye Duran-Özsoy about her experiences and opinions of the headscarf.
  • Ali Bulaç writes about how the headscarf is traditions vs. modernity’s newest battleground.

  • Farah Mendlesohn

    Hi, the comment on Muslim marriages not being legal in the UK in one of the articles gives slightly the wrong impression. The ceremony itself is not recognised, but any building can (since the latest reforms) be licensed for marriage, and anyone can train to perform one, so it is perfectly feasible now (as it was not in the past) for a Mosque to both be licensed and have a licensed imam..

  • Melinda

    “tomboyism is gateway behavior to lesbian sex”??? That’s hilarious.

    Also, was this pun intentional? “Radio Netherlands covers the headscarf in Iran.”

    But the five-year-old girl… That’s horrifying and disgusting.

  • Fatemeh

    @ Farah: thanks for your comment.

    @ Melinda: bwahahaha! No! I wish I was always that witty. :D

  • Dude

    The U.K.’s newest immigration minister thinks that headscarves shouldn’t be allowed in schools. I think he should stick to immigration.

    You want the minister to prevent people wearing headscarves from immigrating to the UK?

  • Fatemeh

    @ Dude: No. My intent was to highlight that his opinion about headscarves in schools isn’t warranted or appropriate. By the sound of his Islamophobic opinion, it sounds like he shouldn’t make immigration policy, either.

  • Dude

    (‘Twas a joke)

  • Sara

    Ok, I don’t know how to put this, and whether I have a point here. I was totally surprised to see the link about Rajavi here.
    I don’t know what your criteria for including a link are, and maybe this sounds a bit senseless, but I find any reference of them in the media that does not reflect what criminal terrorists they are to help their agenda of sly promotion and legitimization.
    I don’t think you have such intentions of course, but just had to say this :)

  • Fatemeh

    @ Dude: ‘Twasn’t apparent.

    @ Sara: Friday links are about Muslim women. Rajavi is a Muslim woman, and she was in the news. No “sly promotion” there.