Do You Want to Write for Muslimah Media Watch?

A number of MMW writers are stepping back over the next few months, so we're currently looking for a few more people to add to the team.  Although the position is unpaid, being a MMW contributor is a great way to gain writing experience, and to connect to an awesome community of Muslim women (if we may say so ourselves!)We're looking especially for contributors who might have perspectives that aren't already reflected among MMW's writers.  So if you come from a part of the world or a p … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak!

Trees near my parents' house, the day before Eid.

 Salaams and Eid Mubarak to all of our readers!  For those of you celebrating, I hope you are having a wonderful time, and send Eid greetings on behalf of the MMW team.Instead of the usual calligraphy images that we often post for Eid, I thought I would share this picture of the gorgeous autumn colours here.  May your Eid day be as beautiful and filled with sunshine, wherever you are. … [Read more...]

The Pink Hijab Day Blues

Pink Hijab Day

It's that time of year again: the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colour, my students are stressed about midterm season...  and for the past couple weeks, the Pink Hijab Day invitations have been popping up in my newsfeed.Pink Hijab Day is an annual event, taking place in October each year (this year’s was actually yesterday in most places).  According to the Global Pink Hijab Day 2012 Facebook event, the event “was intended to remove stereotypes of Muslim women by having M … [Read more...]

Book Review: Islam in the Hinterlands

Cover of Islam in the Hinterlands.  Image via UBC Press.

Islam in the Hinterlands: Muslim Cultural Politics in Canada is a recent book that looks at the place of Muslims within Canadian media, schools, politics, and laws.  Edited by Jasmin Zine, the collection provides insightful analysis on a number of current topics related to Muslims in Canada, and is a valuable resource for those of us working as scholars, writers, and/or activists in the field.The first section of the book, “Gender and Cultural Politics,” begins with a chapter by Zine that map … [Read more...]

Ramadan Recap: More Stories

I hope you enjoyed MMW's Ramadan series this past month!  If you missed any of the pieces, go to this post and scroll down to the bottom for a list of all of our Ramadan writings.Of course, we weren't the only ones writing about Ramadan.  Below are excerpts from some of the other reflections on Ramadan by Muslim women this month.  Please feel free to share your own favourites in the comment section!We'll start off with wood turtle - who, I'm excited to announce, has recently joined the MM … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak!

Eid mubarak! [Source]

 The MMW team wishes you all the best this Eid. May God accept all of your fasts, prayers, and good deeds.Thanks to those who commented on or shared our Ramadan posts! We'll be back with our normal media analysis coverage this week. … [Read more...]

Majestic Mosques and Simple Kindness: A Turkish Start to Ramadan

One of the Blue Mosque's minarets, just after fajr prayer

Up until this year, my Ramadans had all been spent in Canada.  While I often hear people around me reminiscing about the festivities and exuberance of Ramadan “back home,” I have come to appreciate the quiet suhoor mornings by myself, and intimate iftars with friends that have become part of my own Ramadan traditions.  But when I was making plans to attend a conference in Turkey in mid-July, I knew that I wanted to stick around to taste at least the first few days of Ramadan there.As it turne … [Read more...]