Friday Links | November 18, 2011

In Afghanistan a widow and her daughter were stoned and shot to death, because they were accused of ‘moral deviation and adultery’. May Allah grant them both justice.

Rape cases are soaring in refugee camps in Somalia.

Conflicting statements on women’s issues, such as single mothers, make one wonder what the future really will be for Tunisian women.

Divorce initiated by the woman (khula’) on the rise in Egypt.

Also in Egypt, there is fear that cases involving sexual assault and torture after the revolution will go unpunished. A similar worry arises in Libya.

25 years after the groundbreaking and law changing ‘maintenance after divorce ‘case of Shah Bano, the son looks back: ‘My mother was gravely wronged.’

The Oman Times wanted to write about women too: Women presidents of student councils want more ’fun’ extracurricular activities. Because ‘girls just wanna have fun’!

Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia visited an exhibition of young architects in Saudi Arabia and ‘highlighted’ the role of women in studies and research, claiming that there is no difference between one citizen and another and that women do not have to prove themselves. He particularly likes the work of the female interior architects…

Macleans features two articles on the Shafia case (where four female family members were murdered). One on the trial of the father, the other on the trial of the son.

In Turkey, a century old tradition, a women’s market recurring on a weekly basis, gives women the opportunity to find additional income and to socialize

Bride kidnapping is common among Kyrgyz and Kazak communities in Central Asia, in spite of government campaigns, but seems to become ‘normal’ in Tajik communities now as well.

Bangladeshi bride disowns her husband and files for divorce, after he asked for a dowry. Good for her!

The European Union hired Clementine Malpas to make a film about rape victims in Afghanistan, but bans her documentary, not to upset the judicial system in Afghanistan among other reasons. Clementine Malpas claims that she has consent of the women involved and, obviously, wants her work to be seen.

The Guardian features an article on the consequences of crossdressing in Afghanistan.

The naked blogger from Egypt

Women News Network features ‘music star’ Deeyah about life as a (Muslim) immigrant in Norway.

A museum in Sharjah, UAE, features a photo exhibition on the daily lifes of Muslim women.

On Pakistan’s new ‘Prevention of Anti-Women Practices’ law.

Lady Warsi, the British Conservative party co-chairman, and Muslim, says that terrorists forfeit the right to call themselves Muslim.

An American Muslim woman who ran for Congress as a Democrat, switches to be a Republican.

  • Duff

    Aliaa Magda ElMahdy (the nude blogger from Egypt) is NOT a muslim, as can be seen from her twitter account (she states that she is an atheist). http://twitter.com/#!/aliaaelmahdy

    Once again MMW makes the stupid mistake of equating ethnicity (Egyptian Arab) with religious status, and overlooks the woman’s agency in determining her own religious views for herself. Regardless of how one feels about her tactics; surely you can see that someone who feels oppressed by the conservatism and hypocrisy of Egyptian society (much of it led by religious forces since the 1970s), and inequality associated with the status quo, would NOT appreciate being called a muslim when she isn’t.

    Along with MMW’s migration to the new platform, better fact checking might have been in order.

  • http://www.muslimahmediawatch.org Krista

    … And once again we clarify that not every single person covered by MMW is necessarily a Muslim woman themselves; sometimes there are stories that affect or reflect the ways that Muslim women are talked about, and such stories are of interest to us even if the individuals involved aren’t Muslim. ElMahdy’s pictures were posted in a context of (among other things) her opposition to the religious regulation of women’s bodies, and her actions are being talked about in relation to Islamist and secular politics in Egypt, and how these play out on women’s bodies. It is likely for those reasons (regardless of ElMahdy’s personal religious affiliation) that Anneke saw the story as relevant to MMW and worth including here. I agree with her. Apparently you don’t. But it’s a question of how we all understand MMW’s scope, not a lack of fact-checking.


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