Mosques and Marriages: Manifestations of Patriarchy and Misogyny in the Western, Muslim Context

This post was written by guest contributor Amina Jabbar.As I was sifting through the internet, blogger A Bengali in T.O. caught me with a personal question: “Where are the Girls in this Mosque?” The women’s prayer space at the mosque he was visiting was completely separated, with no direct view of speaker in the main prayer hall, only connected via a set of speakers and a monitor. In reflection, he aptly noted, “This is the problem, the big problem, in today's Muslim organizations. If you ta … [Read more...]

Visibility: On Muslim Women in Performance Arts

This post was written by guest contributor Rana Nazzal.I had the honour of speaking with three local Ottawa artists about their identity as Muslim women in relation to performance arts.A few years ago, I noticed a dramatic increase in the presence of Muslim women on stages in Ottawa, particularly in the fields of spoken word and slam poetry. I found their presence both welcoming and encouraging in a scene that may have otherwise been uncomfortable for myself and other Muslim … [Read more...]

Muslim Women Speakers: Whatta Mashallah

This post was written by guest contributor Nur Laura Caskey.Once upon a time, back in the 90's (so long ago for some, I know), there was a band called Salt 'N Peppa that performed the song "Whatta Man." The opening lyrics started with "I wanna take a minute or two/ and give much respect to/ the man who's made a difference in my world." Now, I want to bring this concept back, and not just for the sake of nostalgia. Let's take a minute or two and give much respect to some of the Muslim women … [Read more...]

Malala and the Media: Not Black and White

This post was written by guest contributor Ossob.Looking back at recent media attention on Muslim women, the story of Malala Yousafzai stands out because it simultaneously inspired and frustrated me. A young Muslim woman had captured the attention of the global media for, it would appear, all the right reasons. Malala Yousafzai, the bright 14-year-old activist brutally attacked by the Taliban, has not fit neatly into the dominant narrative of Muslim women as oppressed, feeble, and silent. … [Read more...]

Would the Real Muslim Woman Please Stand Up?

Editor's Note: This post was written by Yasmin Ali.  I apologise for not including her name when this was originally posted. - KristaI recently attended a symposium on Islamophobia at American Islamic College titled “Facing Religious Intolerance: Islamophobia in the 21st Century .” Panel members included Nathan Lean as well as Ahmed Rehab and Dr. Farid Hafez.  The panel was moderated by Laith Al-Saud, who is a professor of Islamic World Studies at DePaul University.   Nathan Lean is a scholar … [Read more...]

Zero Dark Thirty: A Tale of Bias and Burqas

This post was written by guest contributor Emaan Majed.The scene opens on a bustling Peshawar market. The street vendors peddle ripe oranges and bananas. Decorated rickshaws bustle through busy streets as Maya, the determined female protagonist of Zero Dark Thirty, makes her way to her destination. But in contrast to actual Peshawar markets, the only Muslim women on the movie screen are two briefly seen, unnamed extras wearing sky blue Afghan chadris.The central narrative of Zero Dark … [Read more...]

The Media and the Headscarf: Kosovo Public Schools Edition (not the final episode)

This post was written by guest contributor Asifa Akbar.In the last couple of weeks, reports have surfaced about Kosovo’s supposed ban on the wearing of the headscarf (hijab) by Muslim girls in its public schools. Such reports were reposted on social media and influential blogs; for example, already over 900 people have recommended an online Al Jazeera report entitled “Kosovo orders ban on headscarves in schools.”The latest reports centre on the case of student Njomza Jashari, who was rece … [Read more...]