Friday Links | December 9, 2011

Gulnaz, an Afghan woman who was imprisoned for adultery after having been raped, is freed with no conditions. In theory, she does not have to marry her rapist (originally a condition of release). May Allah give her strength.

Nigerian newspaper ‘Leadership’ features an interview with Muslim politician Binta Bello, on the Nigerian North-South divide and the struggles (Northern) women face.

Women in Pakistan’s Swat Valley face a dual burden, providing income and keeping the household running.

In Sweden, Donna Eljammal is the first police officer in hijab.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, a rebel group from the Philippines, will for the first time send a female delegate to the peace talks in Malaysia, a spokesperson said. Not to worry, the lucky lady will travel with a male family member.

The Daily Mail features a story on the investigation of the death of a young Muslim model in 2008 and the ‘blunders’ that have been made, according to the family. A beautiful face, a complicated love life and “exotic traditions”: it’s all there.

A diverse array of Canadian Muslim leaders speak out against violence towards women, on the anniversary of the December 6 killings at Montreal’s École Polytechnique.

Afghan women were only marginally represented during the Bonn II conference this week, and they are worried about the involvement of the Taliban during these talks.

Eight Kazakh university students sue school officials for not allowing them to attend classes, because of their hijab.

The very topic of women has inspired quite some male “Islamic leaders” to make some interesting statements. Ladies, take heed! Women are to stay away from cucumbers and bananas, because of the sexual resemblance. Women should not be allowed to drive, otherwise there would be no virgins left. And all would become homosexual porn-addicts as well. And, as we all probably already know, we should not wear high heels, as they are a seduction to men.

Pakistani actress Veena Malik made the news this week with her presumably nude cover of India’s FHM. Veena claims that she was topless, but wearing clothes.

A group of Muslim women in the UK, who violently attacked another woman, got their sentences suspended, because the judge argued that they couldn’t handle being drunk, since alcohol is forbidden in Islam.  Another article challenges this framing, suggesting that the alcohol issue was not a major factor in the judge’s decision.

In 2010 there were nearly 3,000 honour attacks registered in the UK, mainly aimed at Muslim women.

In Malaysia, a coffee shop owner was fined RM250, because one of her female Muslim employees was wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt to work.

In New York, food pantries run by local Muslim women will have to close as funding vanishes and the demand is rising.

  • Amna

    Thank you for linking to the factcheck article about the apparent “muslim girl gang” being “freed” — I think it’s very important to note that it was the defence that put forth the argument that they were not used to drinking and not the judge What can you except from a trashy news site like dailymail uk and others?
    Whether it played into the actual sentence cannot be determined from the “news” articles that I read of this attack. The sentences they received were not light. There could have been a whole swath of other factors that played into the judge’s decision including the obvious one that the boyfriend was also using a lot of force and other potential factors such as the girls not having any priors, showing remorse, etc. Yes the maximum is 5 years but even criminals with prior convictions rarely get the maximum for assault at least in Canada – and the system in the UK is not much different in their result. They will have a record and it will follow them the rest of there lives. I saw the video of the attack, yes the girls came upon the victim from behind and it does appear that they started the dangerous barrage on the two – but we have no way of knowing what happened before – whether there was any any racial motivation behind it. I am concerned with people succumbing to misleading facts in junk newspapers that 1) this was in some way them walking away without any blame and 2) that the judge somehow excused them because they were muslims and not used to drinking.
    Thanks for posting the factcheck – it needs to get more attention.

  • Tec15

    The bikyamasr story regarding cucumbers is very dubious, see http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/cucumber-fatwa/0018900

    Aren’t you guys supposed to apply just a modicum of skepticism towards stories precisely like this before running with them?

  • Paul

    Reactions are becoming more and more virulent against Islam in Europe:
    In order to prevent a Swiss mosque being built, pieces of pork have been scattered or buried in the ground in Switzerland.
    [link to http://www.swissinfo.ch
    In Spain:
    [link to http://www.youtube.com
    In France
    [link to http://www.youtube.com
    [link to http://www.youtube.com
    A sport getting accrued interest; burning or sullying a koran
    [link to rutube.ru]
    [link to http://www.youtube.com
    Spreading in Denmark:
    [link to catholicforum.fisheaters.com]

    A “euro-regionalist” group, the “Bloc Identitaire” has broadcast the muezzin call to waken up the inhabitants of a neighbourhood of Bordeaux and warn them about the project of a mosque building:
    [link to http://www.youtube.com

    What is the best solution, keeping in mind a total reasonable agreement on these issues will probably never be reached :
    A right-wing party that prevents Anders Brevik’s tragedies to happen and channels reactions into a peaceful track? Ignoring people’s opinions in the name of superior principles? Increasing campaigns of information
    about Islam?

  • Duff

    @Tec15

    You’ll find that Muslimah Media Watch isn’t exactly known for its fact checking. Often times they will find articles about Arabs/South Asian regions & people where religion is not at all referenced, deduce that the names mentioned sound ‘Muslim’ or grasp at straws to create a ‘Muslim’ connection no matter how tenuous; and run with it.

    Here’s a classic example
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/mmw/2009/01/slumdog-millionaire-muslimah-as-princess/

    Note the shallow understanding of foreign cultures exhibited by the author who apparently googles names strange to her to figure out whether they are/sound ‘Muslim’ or not (coz names maketh the believer!). Also the questionable wisdom of getting a self-proclaimed Muslim writer from a culture A thinking she can understand the nuances of a Muslim-inspired/majority culture B, because OMG WE’RE BOTH TOTES MUSLIM!!1!1!


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