Book Review: The Good Muslim

The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam

This piece was written by Sarah Farrukh, and originally posted at altmuslimah.Written by Tahmima Anam, The Good Muslim is the story of an educated, “modern” woman who loses her brother to Islamic fundamentalism. And perhaps this storyline is why the book has garnered so many rave reviews and literary awards—because Western critics and audiences enjoy literature that confirms their worst suspicions about Muslims. Its premise, a young woman’s struggle to find meaning in a post-war, newly- … [Read more...]

Reactions to Hasna Kandatu’s Protest: Shaking the World or Sensationalism?

This post was written by guest contributor Christly Palacio.Some Philippine news outlets, such as rappler.com, recently reported on the sole Filipina featured in Newsweek’s list of “150 Women Who Shake the World”.  A short biography is offered on the project website:“Daily unrest on the Philippines island of Mindanao, ongoing since the early 1970s, had made business life impossible in the small village of Dano; the women couldn’t sell goods at the market for fear of violence, and the ma … [Read more...]

What Killed Shaima Alawadi?

This post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat.On March 24th, 2012, a 32-year-old Iraqi-American woman, Shaima Alawadi, passed away.  She been found three days earlier by her 17-year-old daughter, brutally beaten in her home with a note next to her that said, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” The story made national headlines, and drew many parallels with the story of Trayvon Martin, a young black man from Florida who was also recently killed for reasons involving race.  Ala … [Read more...]

Book Review: Miroirs et Mirages by Monia Mazigh

This post was written by Chelby Marie Daigle and originally published at The Woyingi Blog.Miroirs et mirages is the first novel by Tunisian Canadian Monia Mazigh, who is better known for her work as a human rights activist. Mazigh came to Canada in 1991 to study Finance in Montreal. She subsequently met and married her husband, Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar, started a family, and moved to Ottawa. When her husband was wrongfully rendered to Syria in the hysteria that followed 9/11, she c … [Read more...]

Reviving the Spirit Without Recognizing Half The Audience?

Editor’s Note: As previous RIS-themed posts have noted (see our post from 2008, two posts from 2009, and two posts from the 2011 Convention), the lack of women scholars is a persistent problem at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit events.  Here, Sumaya, a guest contributor to MMW, outlines some of the reasons that this is problematic, and proposes possible speakers for future conferences.So it’s been a couple weeks since the end of the 10th annual Reviving the Islamic Spirit conf … [Read more...]

Women in the 2011 Revolutions: Tawakul Karman

This post was written by guest contributor Summar Shammakhi.For a long time, negative impressions have dominated world’s opinion of women in the Middle East and North Africa region. Media depictions of women as second-class citizens often deemphasises the root causes of the problem, which include the repressive, dictatorship-led countries of this region who sought to exploit many aspects of society, including religion. This past year has witnessed a dramatic turn of events due to the u … [Read more...]

Hijab: As Seen on TV

This post was written by wood turtle and originally published at her blog.Introducing the Hijab 5000! Your life will be transformed within seconds of putting it on! Not only will it protect you from the untoward gaze of lustful and sexually uncontrollable men, but you’ll sure turn heads when everyone hears of your hijab’s scientific miracles. With just one application, the hijab will deep condition and protect your gorgeous locks from pollution; keep you warm by helping you retain 40- … [Read more...]


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