From the unibrow sidekick to the feisty heroine


This post was written by guest contributor Nasia Ullas (@mrsmumshad).I live in Kerala, the only state in India which boasts a 100% literacy rate, which I often think comes with its boons and banes. We Malayalees are all too opinionated, go on strikes at the drop of a hat, and discuss politics way too much. We also claim to make realistic cinema which sweeps away all the Indian national cinema awards every year.  This seems to mean that usually when a movie is made about Muslims, it’s going to … [Read more...]

Maryam Talks Back

Image via Facebook user Harry Martawijaya.

This post was written by guest contributor Sya.At the beginning of Ramadan this year, a KONY2012-like video started making rounds on social media. It gave a twist to the white saviour trope with a dash of neo-colonial religio-cultural imperialism and condescension.I’m referring to #SaveMaryam, an initiative from Mercy Mission Worldwide to raise awareness about Muslims converting to Christianity in Indonesia. In the campaign video, Maryam is a 16 year-old Indonesian who converts to C … [Read more...]

Ramadan in Singapore

Find the ones who belong together. Source: Author's own.

This post was written by guest contributor Sya, and originally posted at her blog, as well as in Dutch in "Ramadan" Al-Nisa, Islamitisch maandblad voor vrouwen (Islamic monthly for women), 31st year, No. 7/8, Jul/Aug 2012.I am a Malay Singaporean who has been living in the Netherlands for almost two years now. There are about 1 million Muslims in Singapore and they make up about 15% of the total population. Muslims in Singapore are mostly from the Malay ethnic group (who have similar culture … [Read more...]

Apple and its Islamophobic Thesaurus

Apple Computer’s 1997 “Think different” campaign. Image courtesy of Apple. Source:

This post was written by guest contributor Arwa Aburawa.About a week ago, I was sitting in a cafe talking to a new acquaintance about racism. The person in question had worked on issues of race and racism for some time and I would say is a lot more clued up about the tensions and insidious forms of racism than I am. Even so, I was a little shocked to hear her say that she preferred the outward racism of her childhood than today's hidden-behind-a-smile-racism. Personally, I didn't want to go … [Read more...]

Revelations As A Result Of Hidden Cameras in Sweden’s Mosques

The post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat.In the latest episode of Swedish television channel SVT’s investigative news programme Uppdrag granskning, ten Swedish mosques were visited, and in six of them, imams were caught on camera giving advice harmful to women and contrary to Swedish law.  (An unofficial subtitled version of the episode, thanks to MMW writer Tasnim, is available here.) Using a hidden camera and recording equipment, two women, one posing as an abused wife and th … [Read more...]

Life in a Women’s Shelter in Palestine: Q & A with Samar Hazboun

This post was written by guest contributor Arwa Aburawa.Back in December 2011, gender-based violence hit the headlines in the Arab world when soldiers brutally attacked a hijab-wearing Egyptian protester. Following the incident, there was widespread outrage that a woman would be treated in such a violent manner. And rightly so. However, it got me thinking whether there would have been such a public display of anger if that kind of abuse was happening in someone's home. By someone's brother … [Read more...]

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...]