Friday Links — December 4, 2009

  • A campaign to free Atefeh Nabavi, the first woman to receive a prison sentence in relation to charges brought against her for participating in protests following the presidential elections in June 2009, is launched.
  • Meem publishes a book devoted to Lebanese women’s stories discussing “coming out, religion, family and emigration.”
  • What do Afghan women want? Recovery, according to Women’s eNews.
  • Princess Ferial of Egypt died and was buried this week. May Allah give her peace.
  • Amal weighs in on the recent stonings of “adulteresses” in Somalia.
  • Tasnim writes a kick-ass paper on “Postcolonial and diasphoric representation of Muslim women.”
  • The New Straits Times reports on last weeks Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Women in Syria are facing a deliberate campaign by religious conservatives, supported by the government, to cut down their social freedoms, according to a new report published by a leading Syrian rights group.
  • Some Algerian wives have been thrown out of their homes by their Egyptian husbands after the Algeria-Egypt soccer match. May Allah keep them.
  • A recent spate of suicides by foreign maids in Lebanon is prompting outrage among human rights groups, who say the government is doing too little to protect migrant domestic workers from severe abuse.

If you see something we missed, post it in the comments!

  • ALC

    Missing the link for “Female Iraqi refugees bear the heaviest burdens.”

    • Fatemeh

      Whoops–it’s up now. Thanks for catching that!

  • http://www.wluml.org Rochelle

    Why the eyeroll on the American Spectator article Fatemeh? There were certainly things about the piece that I did not like (e.g. calling CAIR “radical”, which is absurd). But there were also a lot of nuances that the article deserves credit for, like differentiating between different forms of hijab (instead of lumping it all into the “veil”), calling our attention to the diversity in Muslim women’s dress and cultures, and using religious arguments when discussing the niqab. I think its important for non-Muslims (and Muslims too) to realize that niqab is not a religious obligation but a personal choice, and that when men coerce Muslim women into wearing the niqab, they are speaking from a perspective of patriarchy and not religious authority.

    • Fatemeh

      Mostly the stuff you already mentioned. Plus, the fact that an ad with Michelle Malkin pops up before you read the article doesn’t give me a lot of confidence in their viewpoint.

  • Sobia

    I agree with both Rochelle and Fatemeh. As Rochelle said, I think it *is* important to present the “other” viewpoint as this in one rarely seen in mainstream media (minus the fear mongering of course). However, when I also saw the Michelle Malkin pop up it made me seriously wonder about the intentions of the publication itself – obviously a right-wing one. Nonetheless, I still think the overall message of the article is a necessary one to have in the conversation, just not in a right-wing forum.

  • Zahra (with a Z)

    Re the American Prospect piece, I for one am tired of articles that argue that because SOME Muslims believe X, we should make a law based on it that will affect the entire community. The article calls for banning the niqab entirely in the US! Yes, I’d love to see more widespread public acknowledge of the very different attitudes toward niqab and other forms of covering, but I just don’t think it’s right for non-Muslims to arbitrate between different interpretations of the faith and decide which one is the “correct” one. (The authors may well be Muslim themselves, but the forum is not, and they’re calling for a national law to be made by non-Muslims.)

    Also, the comments on that article are stomach-turningly racist.

  • http://www.wluml.org Rochelle

    oh man i’m not sure how I missed that michelle malkan pop up. I retract my comment. :)

  • beka

    An ASEAN human rights meeting of Muslim activists encouraged ijtihad in combating repressive interpretations of syariah being implemented, pointing out that women are more adversely affected by such a phenomenon. [Source]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X