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...]

Not in Our Name: Muslim Women and the Quebec Charter

Quebecers protest the Charter of Secularism. [Source].

A few weeks ago, I spoke as part of a panel at the University of Ottawa about the Quebec Charter of Secularism, speaking both as Editor-in-Chief of Muslimah Media Watch and as a founding member of the Collective of Muslim Feminists of Quebec.  This is an edited version of my talk, updated to reflect shifts in the political context in the time since it was first presented (notably the announcement last week that Quebec will be holding provincial elections on April 7).  Many thanks to the Muslim L … [Read more...]

Take Off Your Veil to Rock the World

Cover of Girls Who Rocked the World. [Source].

The daughter of a close friend recently turned 10, and I went to a children’s book and toy store to look for a gift.  I made my way past the picture books, marvelling at how fast the time has gone since I was buying her a Scaredy Squirrel book for her sixth birthday, and stood looking at the chapter book display, which was fairly small.  It had none of my own childhood favourites, but one title did catch my eye: Girls Who Rocked the World.I picked it up and flipped through.  The book consi … [Read more...]

Honouring Hajar on Eid-ul-Adha

Fabrics laid out to create a bright and colourful prayer space.

Continuing our tradition of sharing reflections on Eid (see our posts from Eid-ul-Adha last year, in two parts, and from Eid-ul-Fitr this year), today we’ll be posting four reflections from Eid last week, written by Eren, Izzie, Krista, and Shireen.It’s becoming a tradition for me to travel from Montreal to Toronto each Eid.  The women’s spaces in mosques here in Montreal aren’t great, with few options for people who want to listen to a khutba (sermon) in English or French (not Arabic) an … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak!

Muslim women in Indonesia at Eid-ul-Adha prayers last year. AP Photo, via the Huffington Post.

All of us at Muslimah Media Watch send our best wishes to all of our readers this Eid-ul-adha (whichever day/s you are celebrating it!)  Have a happy and blessed holiday! … [Read more...]

Muslim Women, Religious Neutrality, and Quebec’s Charter of Values

Women protest against the Charter of Quebec Values. [Source].

The news here in Quebec – and in many other parts of Canada – has been flooded in the past few weeks with stories about the newly-proposed Charter of Quebec Values.  Formally announced on Tuesday, September 10 (although some details had been leaked a couple weeks prior), the charter, if eventually passed as law, would prevent people working in the public sector from wearing “conspicuous religious symbols,” including headscarves, face veils, kippas, turbans, and large crosses.  Framed as a way of … [Read more...]