Friday Links | September 9, 2011

A 70-year-old female military commander in Afghanistan keeps the men in line.

What the Playland hijab incident tells us (if you totally simplify the hijab and make narrow assumptions about why people wear it.)  In other news, four people accused of “disorderly conduct” in the incident have pleaded not guilty.

Linda Sarsour, an aspiring municipal politician in Brooklyn hopes to “be the first hijab-wearing elected official in America.”  More on her here, speaking about being Muslim in the United states post-9/11.

Some women worry that the National Transitional Council in Libya “has too many Islamists in its ranks and not enough women.”

A former employee is suing Abercrombie & Fitch for discrimination after she was fired for wearing a headscarf.

A Muslim doctor in the United States talks about acting as an ambassador for Islam after 9/11.

A Muslim woman in the United States military speaks about her experiences since (you guessed it) 9/11.

The San Francisco Chronicle interviews writer and actress Rohina Malick about her play, Unveiled.  The Public News Service also writes about the play.

The parliamentary assembly of Kosovo has voted to ban the headscarf, along with religious instruction, from public schools.

In Egypt, more women are wearing the veil.

A Canadian artist makes a burqa out of Band-Aids (this one wins for weirdest story of the week.)

An organisation of women farmers in Sudan sends aid to women affected by the famine in Kenya and Somalia.

Roger Ebert reviews the film Circumstance.

Ahmadiyya Muslim women hold a four-day convention in Suhum, Ghana.

Excluded from many other shrines because of their gender, only women are allowed into the shrine of Bibi Balpora in Kashmir.

In other 9/11 news, the CBC does a feature of Muslims in Canada ten years later.

What did we miss?  Feel free to post any other news stories of interest in the comments!

  • Yasmin

    Thanks for the quick updates! I love this feature of your awesome blog!

  • Kara

    Have you read the article by Abigail Esman on the Playland incident? She calls CAIR a terrorist organization.. views hijab as optional…etc. She’s written a book called, “Radical State: How Jihad is Winning Over the West.” Surely you can find a better article to link to.

  • Krista

    @ Kara: Yeah, it’s terrible (hence the note afterwards, “if you totally simplify the hijab and make narrow assumptions about why people wear it”). Linking to it to draw people’s attention to the range of things being said, not to highlight it as a good article!

  • S

    It’s already NEXT Friday aka September 16th and these are the same links from the Friday before, not from any posts from this week.
    What’s up?


  • Krista

    Sorry S! You’re right, we dropped the ball this week – things have been busy with various writers traveling, starting school, etc. We should be back next week with something new, inshallah!

  • S

    No worries, I’m swamped with university stuff as well. Girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

  • greg

    Here are 14 videos from an event, ’1st Voice of Muslim Youth Provincial Election Engagement Session’, in Ottawa Ontario Canada, where the Ontario Election happens Oct 6:

    List of videos:
    Introduction to the Event
    Women Running for Office: Etana Cain from Equal Voice
    Candidate Introductions
    Q: Child and Youth Mental Health
    Q: Academic Standards within the Public Education System
    Q: Youth and the Ontario Criminal Justice System
    Q: Post-Secondary Tuition Fees
    Q: Support and Resources for Private Religious Schools (Q1 & Q2)
    Q: Re-integration Programs for Criminalized Youth
    Q: Involving Multicultural Communities in Political Parties
    Q: Is the Hijab or Niqab a barrier to political participation?
    Interview: Event Coordinator Chelby Marie Daigle
    Interview: Voice of Muslim Youth Coordinator Kauthar Mohamed

    “The 1st Voice of Muslim Youth Provincial Election Engagement Session aimed at providing a platform for Muslim youth in Ottawa, Canada to become both politically engaged and voice the issues that matter and affect them. This event was non-partisan and invited candidates representing the four political parties running in the provincial election (but not all from the same riding).”

  • greg

    note: there’s also this article where the organizer of the above-listed event, explains the motivations behind the event, about involving/engaging Muslim youth in politics: