Friday Links — May 15, 2009

  • Women in Mauritania who press charges for sexual assault face the risk of jail time because of poorly defined laws and stigma that criminalize victims rather than offenders.
  • Nuseiba discusses Orientalism and portrayals of “the other” in art and media in parts 1 & 2.
  • Taif University is starting a campaign to encourage university students to recognize the religious significance of the hijab.
  • Indian Muslim women organized a fast to urge a ban on certain practices within the community.
  • Two women have been murdered and buried in Pakistan. May Allah give these women peace and justice.
  • Quota systems for women in parliament are receiving different receptions in Kuwait and Yemen.

  • http://getoutlines.wordpress.com Safiya Outlines

    Salaam Alaikum,

    I’m really pleased that Fairuz was profiled. I think she shows a feminine side to Arab culture that is often overlooked.

    Here’s my favourite Fairuz song, it’s absolutely beautiful:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZADJUtABjU

    Jummah Mubarak everyone!

  • Hiba

    Much as I love Fairouz, I’m a little confused as to why an article about her is linked on Muslimah Media Watch – she’s a devout Christian.

  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    @Hiba: I looked her up awhile ago and thought I read something about her converting to Islam or from Islam or something? Perhaps I’m wrong. If so, we just get a lovely musical interlude. :)

  • http://getoutlines.wordpress.com Safiya Outlines

    Salaam Alaikum,

    Maybe someone (Ethar?) could do an article about the impact of Um Khulthoum. She was possibly one of the most famous Muslim women of the 20th century.

  • Muffy

    That you for providing the link about female circumcision. While I am no defender of the practice of female circumcision/female genital cutting (and I do refuse to call it “female genital mutilation”), particularly on non-consenting minors, I hate the way the issue is oversimplified in Western discourse. The article was quite refreshing.

  • Muffy

    **thank you, not that you


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