Friday Links | November 25, 2011

Is there something like Islamic fashion? This question has kept Turkey occupied for the last four months, after a major magazine catering to observing Muslim women featured a model in hijab on the cover.

50.50 features an interesting article on the rise of female Islamic leadership.

Muslim women in Sarawak, Malaysia do not have to worry, they will not be banned to compete in beauty contests. Moroccan women on the other hand will be encouraged to participate, as veiled contestants will be allowed to compete from 2012 onwards. The bathing suit segment will be canceled, though…

The bid for Egyptian parliament by the ‘sisters’: a real or cosmetic move?

The results of a survey among Muslim women in The Netherlands contradicts popular belief that the hijab is forced.

While saving all her pupils during a fire at her school, a female Saudi teacher does not survive.  May Allah grant her peace.

An age-old Afghan birth tradition is making room for girls.

During her visit to the island nation of the Maldives, a UN official urges changes to be made in local laws, especially those relating to the public flogging of women, who are sentenced for having sex out of marriage.

According to a Jordanian report, female economic empowerment remains a huge  challenge in the Kingdom.

Male nurse from Dearborn, MI claims that he lost his job, because he treated women in hijab.

In Osun, Nigeria, Muslims seek the right to wear hijab to school, but this is not received well in the local Christian community.

The New York Times features a piece on two Malaysian reality tv shows in which Muslim women participate.

After Mona Eltahawy disappeared yesterday after some disturbing tweets, and re-emerged again after being assaulted, question is how safe Egypt’s bloggers and activists really are….

After her niqab has been pulled off in an assault on a shopping trip in Mississauga, Canada, Inas Kadri says her children do not feel safe going out only with their mother.

Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up. Wonder who is going to define attractive…

In Australia, an exhibition will be opening in February 2012 featuring the work of Australian Muslim women.

The ‘naked blogger’ calls on men to start wearing hijab, an idea previously launched by Iranian Majid Tavakoli during his ‘Be A Man’ campaign.

Lebanese human rights group KAFA slams the amendments on the draft law against domestic violence, which does not include marital rape.

Al Jazeera international features an interview with Syrian actress in hiding Fadwa Soliman, activist against the Bashar regime.

  • Muhammad Amreeki

    RE: “Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up. Wonder who is going to define attractive.”

    This story appeared one year, and then the exact same story comes out now with the same details. It was a fake story then, and probably a fake story now.

    Here’s is a link to the November 2010 article:

    The Egyptian newspaper Bikya Masr comes out on Nov. 16, 2011, with a near identical story with few details and quotes the Saudi newspaper A-Watan, although that story can’t be found. No other Saudi paper appears to have reported this.

    This story gains great traction among the Western press and blogs although there is little evidence that if ever happened. At best, it appears to be a recycled event from one year ago. Yet blogs and news outlets continue to perpetuate Saudi stereotypes with unsubstantiated news stories. What responsibility should this website assume for perpetuating questionable, if not untrue, information?

  • anneke

    In the Friday links section, I do not attempt to only share links about ‘true events’, but rather I chose to feature several reports and articles in which Muslim women (in the broadest sense of the word) are being portrayed over the course of a week. Even if this story is a re-occurring hoax, I would still decide to feature it (at least once), as it says a lot about how Muslim women are being portrayed, and which stories ‘make the press’. Would like to add the several Arab media outlets have featured this story too the last week.

    Thanks though for sharing this!

  • Muhammad Amreeki

    Thanks for the answer!