Hate Crimes and Mother Tongues


This post was written by Guest contributor Seema Shafei (@seemashafei).I’ll never forget the time a classmate turned to me and said that we couldn’t elect Obama because his middle name was Hussein. You never know, she told me. He could be just like Saddam. If a name could elicit this much fear, a language could start a war.Language is a weapon as much as it is a comfort. It can connect ideas of home to a community, keeping culture alive. Speaking a language marked as ‘other’ can unite peo … [Read more...]

Interview with Comedian Eman El Husseini


Guest contributor Stéphanie Renée Roy (@LGD_Stephy) interviews Eman El Husseini.  It was 2 years ago that I first saw Eman El Husseini’s stand-up comedy. I was then a fairly new convert and Eman impressed me when she spoke so honestly about Canadian experience as a Palestinian Muslim.She began professional comedy in 2006 because she loved making people laugh - but her journey hasn’t all been about laughter.El Husseini has spoken openly of the racism she has witnessed, especia … [Read more...]

Quantico’s Bait and Switch


This post was written by guest contributor, Fatin Marini (@FatinMarini1)When my blog, “Has Quantico got positive Muslim female roles covered?” was published, the response was overwhelmingly positive. For some who hadn’t seen the show yet, the positive portrayal of a Muslim woman as an FBI agent intrigued them enough that they were excited to give it a try. For those who were already viewers, my post validated their love of the show – so far.. But then came the question: “have you seen the lat … [Read more...]

Bangladeshi Women, Media and the “Helpers of Allah”


This post is written by guest contributor, Sarabi N. Eventide (@SarabiNEventide)Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), the extremist group in Bangladesh responsible for the deaths of numerous secular and liberal bloggers, is once again attempting to dictate what is and is not acceptable in Bengali media. In its most recent move, the group issued a threat to media companies employing women and insisted that the female employees are in violation of Islamic law, especially the unveiled models in adve … [Read more...]

Has Quantico got positive female Muslim roles covered?


This post is written by Guest Contributor Fatin Marini (@FatinMarini1)As of this writing, the author has watched up until episode 5. We will have a follow up post soon!  When I first heard about ABC’s Quantico, I rolled my eyes. A show about FBI recruits, one of which was a Muslim hijabi woman, with an Indian leading lady and a terrorist attack? I knew where this was heading. It was going to be Homeland all over again. And I didn’t need to spend my evenings on that. … [Read more...]

Facebook Foodies: Libyan Women’s Visibility Online

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This post was written by Guest contributor Seema Shafei (@seemashafei) As a Libyan living abroad, I have been struck by the growing celebration of Libyan women’s culinary skills by other Libyan women on social media. During rough times in Libya because of political instability, Facebook became an outlet for women all across the country to not only connect with their loved ones, but to show off to them.Although some might critique the fact that women often remain restricted i … [Read more...]

Why British MP’s statements defending Muslim women do more harm than good


This post was written by guest contributor Shereen Malherbe (@malherbegirl).Headline grabbing assertions made by British MP Baroness Cox regarding Muslim men having up to 20 children each have been condemned by the Muslim community. In search of the representation of women in the UK media, it didn’t take me long to come across the Telegraph article where the “20 children” claim appears among a number of other statements about egregious violations of women’s rights by Muslim men under Sharia l … [Read more...]