Friday Links — December 26, 2008

  • Aaminah Hernàndez writes two great posts about how women are defined according to men.
  • Muslim designers in the Indonesian market are beginning to use spandex, previously thought unsuitable for Islamic clothing.
  • Eight women and their children have been taken hostage in Pakistan. May Allah protect them.
  • Wired magazine says that marriage between cousins is acceptable from a scientific viewpoint. Something Muslims have known all along! (wink)
  • A Malaysian politican says that those who are HIV positive should not marry in order to prevent “sick children.”
  • In Saudi Arabia, a group of women have opened a restaurant that they own and manage entirely by themselves.
  • Thousands of women belonging to Indonesia’s conservative Hizb ut-Tahrir group have staged a protest during which they called for Indonesia to become an Islamic state.
  • A Russian officer who was convicted of killing a Chechen woman during an interrogation is to be freed.
  • British model Sahar Daftary died after falling from a 12th story apartment. Coverage from the Telegraph and the Daily Mail Online. Oh, and a post is definitely forthcoming.
  • Sabria Jawhar writes a great take-down of the NYT’s piece on Emirati airline stewardesses.
  • A 19-year-old woman is murdered by her father after she refuses to live with him. May Allah give her peace. Since I don’t have the whole story, this may or may not also be the same girl.

  • Dude

    1. Angry Arab link is broken (caom).

    2. Anything from the Daily Mail should be taken with a bucket of salt. I’ve read so much nonsense from them that I have long stopped accepting it as a news source. If someone points out a story from there, I ask for a reliable news source.

    3. The Telegraph comes close, but is not as bad.

    4. Angry Arab is precisely how he intends to come off to be: Angry. I’ve come across his rants often, and he does make occasional good points. But I think he’s gotten carried away and at times focuses on maintaining the “angry” aura rather than an objective one.

    [This comment has been edited to fit within moderation guidelines.]

  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    Mod note: I’m unable to find the original Angry Arab link on the site; my apologies for any inconvenience.

    @ Dude: I edited out your last part because your personal impressions of The Angry Arab aren’t relevant to the links or the post.

    On that note, what does it matter if he’s angry? Does his anger invalidate his arguments or just make you less receptive to them? Either way, that’s better resolved if you email the owner of that blog rather than sharing your negative impressions here.

  • Dude

    http://angryarab.blogspot.caom/2008/12/beauty-pageants-are-evidence-of-womens.html

    should be:

    http://angryarab.blogspot.com/2008/12/beauty-pageants-are-evidence-of-womens.html

    “Does his anger invalidate his arguments or just make you less receptive to them? Either way, that’s better resolved if you email the owner of that blog rather than sharing your negative impressions here.”

    Hard to answer the first question and follow the latter request. In any case, my answer is below – you can erase it if you don’t want it here:

    As for his mentality: Yes, it makes me less receptive of them – from a number of perspectives:

    1) I said: “at times focuses on maintaining the “angry” aura rather than an objective one.” If I feel he isn’t being objective, why should I listen to him?

    2) Perhaps I wasn’t clear. What I meant was that I suspect he at times wants to make a fuss over something, so he digs deep just to do so. Perspective is lost, and I feel he always tries to look at things from the worst viewpoint.

    3) I never trust anything anyone says out of anger. It usually clouds their judgement.

    That’s not to say that he’s always wrong. I treat him like I do any unreliable source (e.g. The Daily Mail). If he says something, and if I have time, I’ll crosscheck it from a saner place. I usually don’t want to take that time. The Daily Mail often does get stories right as well…

    In full disclaimer: I don’t regularly read his stuff, and most of what I have read is sent to me or I see on places like here, so my view on him may be off. If he were just someone with a blog, then I wouldn’t care less. However, it worries me that a number of members from the press/media (e.g. Democracy Now) bring him on as an expert – and I suspect it’s not because of his credentials, but because of the blog.

    I don’t view him as yet another blogger. I think it’s fair game to discuss him, just as it is to discuss any other commentator who’s often invited to speak in public and is often interviewed as an expert. He’s a public figure, and he chooses to be one.

    And note that the link I had posted did not point out any personal details that he himself has not made public. All the information therein about him was linked to his own blog…

  • Dude

    In retrospect, I’ll concede that the link I had posted about him probably was irrelevant to this post…

  • Sobia

    hmmm…I’m just curious how Pakistani news got on a site about the Middle East…I’m not familiar with the blog so am really just curious.

    On Humeyra Abedin – This forced marriage crap seems to be getting more common. Or maybe its just in the news more now. Eeek either way.

  • http://forgetbaghdad.blogspot.com Nadia

    Apparently, all it takes to be desirable to women is to throw your shoes at somebody.

    More specifically desirable to a couple of women’s fathers. The girls themselves aren’t offering anything, AFAI read.

  • http://forgetbaghdad.blogspot.com Nadia

    And who said that blog was strictly about the middle east?

  • http://forgetbaghdad.blogspot.com Nadia

    Also (apologies or the triple post) I don’t see what the problem is with being featured on Democracy Now, I mean first of all that is a show that features activists on a regular basis and the guy is a professor that specializes in Middle Eastern politics. I don’t see the issue, alot of people raise their profile to get media attention via blogs and facebook that have no credentials whatsoever, other academics and experts on the region do this as well. I just think you are overly focused on the namesake of the blogspot.

  • Sahar

    I read Angry Arab quite a bit, and I don’t think he writes in such a way to maintain the ‘angry’ theme. He expresses his anger in different ways and does not feel the need to resort to an angry tone to show he’s pissed off about something. In fact, he can be quite hilarious at times. Nor is he really interested in writing from an objective position (if that even exists).

    Like ‘Pakistan’, the ‘Middle East’ is just a construction. However, often countries which don’t fit into these regional labels are mentioned depending on the subject. For instance, Pakistan is often included if the issue of the ‘war on terror’ is being discussed on a blog or news section that is dedicated to another region (middle east) and is connected some how.

  • Broomstick

    Miss Pakistan beauty pageant??? YUCK!!! However, I read the interview and she doesn’t sound so bad– she wants to work for women’s rights, so more power to her for using her title for some GOOD, not for fame or Bollywood *cough cough*

    I just came back from the Hajj a few weeks ago. I barely saw any Saudi women working on the Tawafah boards (I didnt know it was called that).

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  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    Fair enough. I don’t mind if we critique a writer/figure, his/her viewpoints, etc., but any further judgments aren’t relevant or appropriate. I don’t like to see sites/writers uncritically badmouthed on other blogs, and I don’t want that here. :)


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