Muslimah Media Watch Has Moved!

Salaams and hello, dear MMW readers, I'm excited to announce to you that Muslimah Media Watch has moved as of today.  You can now find us at our new site, Our archives will stay here at Patheos, but after today, all new content (as well as our archives up to this point) will be posted at the new site alone. Being on our own again will give us back more control over our image, advertising, and other issues, which many of our writers and readers have been asking … [Read more...]

Happy New Year! + Taking a Break

Salaams and happy 2015, dear MMW readers!The MMW team will be taking a break for a couple months as we deal with other commitment in our lives and work outside of the blog.  We may have a few posts here and there over the next little while, and Eren will be sharing past posts through our Facebook and Twitter feeds, but otherwise things will be pretty quiet around here.  We wish you a great start to the new year, and hope to be posting regularly again by the beginning of March, inshallah. … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak! + MMW Hiatus for August

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

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!

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

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

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...]