A Ramadan Election

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As a working mom, I'm used to feeling an anxiety rush in the days leading up to Ramadan. But this year, a new sickening sensation welcomed me as the first day of Ramadan was quickly approaching. I knew what caused it: the first week of Ramadan this year coincides with the last week of the presidential election season in Indonesia. By far, this year's campaign season has been the most contentious one that Indonesia has ever seen in its history, with Indonesians divided into two political … [Read more...]

Friday Links | June 27, 2014

A Mauritanian woman shields her child from the wind. Mauritania had presidential elections on June 21st. Image by Joe Penney/Reuters

The crisis in Iraq continues and worsens; last week a female (Sunni) politician was killed while fighting ISIS. It has been reported that ISIS fighters meanwhile are looking for wives among the women that have stayed behind. A women's organization is trying to provide shelter to women who have been harmed and/or driven out of their homes. Last week a 20-year-old woman was gang-raped, killed and hanged from a tree in Pakistan's Punjab province. Since she is close to Boko Haram, … [Read more...]

Modest Fashion, Islamic Consciousness and Affordability: Part 1

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For those of us Muslimahs engaged on any social media platform, we’re constantly inundated with beautiful pictures or videos of the latest in modest fashion. Flowy skirts or beautifully brightly coloured short dresses paired with tights; terrific footwear and fabulous headcoverings or styled tresses. All accompanied by fabulous vintage accessories, statement necklaces and designer sunglasses. Most of the time I am awed by the creativity and the effort of what is Modest Fashion. My own … [Read more...]

Qatar’s Modest Proposal: Dignity or Diversion?

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Originally published at Aquila Style. Qatar has revived a modesty campaign dating from 2012, when it was known as “One of us” and originally started by a group of Qatari women.[i] Due to be relaunched on 20 June 2014 – just in time for Ramadan – as “Reflect your respect”, the campaign is targeting public spaces with flyers and a social media poster showing various dress choices.[ii] Four stick bodies represent clothing choices that are deemed unacceptably immodest for revealing … [Read more...]

Muslim Mummies Dot Com: Interview with Muslim Mommy Blogger Fouzia

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While mommy blogging is rampant in the blogosphere, Muslim mommy bloggers are rare but on the rise. Being a new mother and a Muslim, I had unique queries about taking care of an infant, like when can I start praying on the floor after a C-section, or whether a baby’s poo or pee cancels out one’s wodhu. While on the lookout to check if there are any specific Muslim mommy blogs, I chanced upon the website Muslim Mummy. I contacted the author of the blog ,Fouzia, to discuss baby, blogging and … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Hijab of Cambodia

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This post was originally published at Aquila Style. Stories of gender-based violence, especially in times of conflict, is nothing new. But what pulled me towards this book was the geopolitical situation and demographic of conflict: the Khmer Rouge regime (also known as Democratic Kampuchea) of 1975-1979, and women of the targeted minority group of Cham Muslims. The sober dark purple and black cover foretells the sinister atrocities that I am set to read about; stories told by Cham Muslim … [Read more...]

Friday Links | June 13, 2014

An Afghan woman checks her phone after an election campaign in Kabul. Afghanistan's second round of the presidential election will take place on June 14. Image by Ahmad Masood/Reuters

An ongoing summit on ending sexual violence in conflict has resulted in a spike of articles about the topic. The Guardian features an article on a project that addresses sexism and sexual violence in Kosovo among young men. One young Bosnian woman shares her life story as a child, that was conceived during the war through rape. During the months of April and May 39 women and girls from Kalma camp in Southern Darfur were victims of rape. Most rapes occurred while the women and girls were … [Read more...]


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