Eid Mubarak! + MMW Hiatus for August

Homemade Eid card from wood turtle and her daughters.

All the best Eid wishes to you and your loved ones from the MMW team!  If you missed any of our Ramadan posts, you can find them all here.Muslimah Media Watch will be going on hiatus for the month of August, as several of our writers are traveling or otherwise in need of a break.  We may post occasionally during the month, but for the most part this blog will be pretty quiet for August, and we look forward to getting back into the swing of things in September! … [Read more...]

Mutant Bread and Exploding Oatmeal: Holiday Foods Gone Wild

My dad and me, many years ago.  Bread making starts early in the Riley household.

When people talk about Ramadan and Eid traditions, food is one of the most recurring topics.  Usually this comes up in nostalgic stories about childhood favourites, or about delicious iftar memories.But, well, those aren’t the only reasons that holiday foods might be remembered.  Sometimes the reasons for the memories are a little more, shall we say, disastrous.  Or, at the very least, unexpected.This year's Ramadan started off with a delicious and beautiful suhoor spread prepared by … [Read more...]

Ramadan Mubarak!

I saw this shirt last week in downtown Vancouver.  Not sure if the timing was intentional, but I can think of a few (or a billion) people who just might need a shirt like this right about now...

It's that time of year again!As in previous years (see 2013 and 2012), we'll be taking a break from the usual media analysis that you see at MMW, and instead we'll be sharing more personal experiences and reflections on Ramadan from the various perspectives represented among MMW writers, as well as some guest contributors.  We look forward to sharing the posts and to hearing from our readers about what Ramadan is like for you.  As the month goes on, links to the Ramadan posts will be a … [Read more...]

Book Review: Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition

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Content note: This post includes discussions of domestic violence and of scholarly attempts to justify it.For a number of Muslim women I know (myself included), one of the most complicated Qur’anic passages to contend with is verse 4:34, a verse that, at least in many of the most straightforward translations, appears to establish men as superior to women and to authorise (or even encourage) men to hit their wives if they “disobey.”  Muslim feminist scholars have tried to address it in variou … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 23, 2014

Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim, who has recently released a new CD.  [Source].

Al Jazeera profiles Tuareg singer Fatimata Oumarr.Christian and Muslim girls from northern Nigeria talk about the risks they face in attending school.A Uyghur woman living in the United States pays tribute to her father, who is currently imprisoned in China.Syria Deeply interviews a Damascus woman who runs an orphanage about the increasing number of children orphaned and abandoned because of the war in Syria.A new IRIN short film called The Sins of the Fathers features the work of … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 16, 2014

A Muslim woman walking away after casting her vote at a polling station in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images [source].

A new ad for a fashion label features a man in a burqa (oops, just spoiled the ending!)The photographer whose photos of girls from Guinea-Bissau were used as part of campaigns related to the girls kidnapped in Nigeriawrites about how African girls are not, in fact, interchangeable.A Feminist Wire piece by Rochelle Terman looks at the problems with Ayaan Hirsi Ali's portrayals of Muslim societies and Muslim women.Teenage Muslim girls from Indonesia, Yemen, Mali, Pakistan, Nigeria, and … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 9, 2014

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue the kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school Chibok, outside the defense headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, Tuesday May 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Editor's note: Anneke is taking a break from the Friday Links at the moment because she has just given birth to her third child.  We wish her and her family all the best, and I apologise that the links will not be nearly as extensive in Anneke's absence!The situation of the more than 200 girls who have been kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria has gotten increasing attention this week, both in mainstream media and on social media.  Many have focused on condemning the kidnapping and en … [Read more...]