Friday Links — February 19, 2010

As always, if there’s news about Muslim women that we haven’t included, feel free to include a link in the comments!

  • Dude

    PressTV reports that a Saudi poet has been murdered for expressing support for non-Wahhabi sects of Islam. May Allah give her peace and justice. Also, can anyone find Arab sources for this?

    The article itself claims an Arab source for this, but I haven’t gone directly to the source (which may be in Arabic…)

    Normally, PressTV articles are fairly OK. This was the worst I’ve read from them. The article is loaded with anti-Saudi sentiments, beginning with:

    “the Kingdom’s official religion of Wahhabism…”

  • Jannah

    I don’t think it’s cool to label Mr. Shukria as a “woman.” It’s obvious from the article he has never been a woman at all. Think how oppressive it would be to an individual to be forced into the wrong gender. Please don’t label him the wrong gender as it would be to perpetuate the injustice done to him.

  • Jannah

    About Bilqis being murdered, I found a bunch of news stories on Iranian sites. There are a lot of her poems and stories on various Arabic sites. Search for “بلقيس ملحم”
    There is also the piece she posted on about her daughter’s support for Nasrallah — — and the same site has one of her poems. I couldn’t find anything in Arabic about her murder, those articles are all in Persian. Arab news blackout, or what?

    I got nowhere trying to search for her name in English, because there are a hundred different transliterations for each Arabic name and it’s often impossible to predict which spelling any given site will use. People make the transliteration of Arabic so haphazard, when it could be easy if they used standardized transliteration. If Chinese can be so systematically and efficiently transliterated using Pinyin, why does it have to be so hard for Modern Standard Arabic?

    I’m surprised that the well-known fact of Wahhabism being the official sect of Saudi Arabia could be seen as controversial. Wahhabism was the whole basis for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia coming into existence in the first place.

  • Tasmiya

    This link “Six women in Saudi Arabia face lashes because they are all married to the same man. Arab News has the latest.”

    Only mentions the man facing lashings and not his wives. Unless I misread the links.

  • Fatemeh

    @ Jannah: Thank you for pointing out the incorrect label. The fault is mine for labeling Mr. Shukria, and since the article was about the fact that he’s been incorrectly labeled his whole life, you’d think I’d have done a better job of being sensitive.

  • Krista

    I’m glad Jannah brought that up about the first link – I was going to mention it too. Fatemeh, I know you don’t normally edit posts after you’ve posted them, but can you change the language around this as it appears here (with a note that it’s been edited, to address transparency concerns)? As Jannah said, continuing to refer to this person as a woman is perpetuating an oppressive label, and it’s especially jarring when it’s listed right at the top of the page as the first link.

  • Dude

    I’m surprised that the well-known fact of Wahhabism being the official sect of Saudi Arabia could be seen as controversial.

    It may be the de facto standard, and the whole history of the religious establishment is heavily influenced by Wahhab’s teachings, but it is not official. The Saudi government has repeatedly insisted in just being “Sunni”, and occasionally the Saudi scholars will admit a strong Hanbali bias.

    Put this way. If it’s official, you should have no trouble finding an official Saudi source/document stating this.

    There’s a big difference between what people consider obviously true, and what is official.

  • Kelly

    Tasmiya; I noticed the same thing and still reread it – its not there.