Friday Links — September 11, 2009

  • Nesrine Malik weighs in on the Saudi guardianship campaign.
  • A Muslim woman loses her life over tensions in Gujarat, India. May Allah give her peace.
  • The Austin American-Statesman interviews Shaila Abdullah about her book Saffron Dreams.
  • The Dawn profiles a woman whose husband has been in Guantanamo Bay for the last seven years.

  • zahra

    My hubby is Mauritanian. I am sure he will love all the comparisons of the women of his country being comparable to livestock (in the views of the men of course, to which the author is obviously privy to). Maybe someday they will force their daughter’s to Weight Watchers when they are 13 instead, because you can’t be too thin! My understanding is the practice is on the decrease, the husband’s generation largely avoiding it whereas his Mother’s was subjected to it. From my husband’s perspective it is somewhat rooted in chilvalry – at least when his family had next to nothing to eat, he (as male) would be left to go find food (kill it and grill it) so his sister’s could eat what they had- becuase it shows you are a man and can take care of your women.

  • Fatemeh

    @Sobia: Yikes! You’re 100% correct–late nights make for lots of errors! :S

  • Chris

    I’m looking over this site, and my question is this:

    What is your reaction to people who feel the hijab was, while obviously a longtime part of the religious culture and tradition of muslims, born of a need by men to repress women?

    keep in mind I’m not trying to make a point here, although I will say:

    *I’m against legislation to outlaw wearing the hijab and such, and find it a ridiculous repression of rights.
    *I think it’s far, far worse to outlaw *not* wearing it.

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  • Sobia

    @ Chris:

    That’s an interesting question. I’m not sure if you want the Fatemeh to reply on behalf of MMW or just those of us who are a part of the MMW community, however I will say that personally, I’m not opposed to that view and can see where it is coming from. And I don’t see anything wrong with believing that as long as it is not shoved down other people’s throats. But that’s all my personal opinion.

  • Nissa

    @Chris – I don’t quite get your question. Do you mean to say the Islamic concept of hijab was born of men’s need to oppress women? or the tradition of women covering and seclusion that was practised in pre-Islamic times and then later….?
    or do you mean the current incarnation of hijab as it is in modern times and all the focus on it from Muslims?

    Why is far far worse to outlaw not wearing it in your opinion? as someone who wears it, outlawing that would be just as bad for me as for someone who has to wear it…..


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