To Remember God, We Need a Heart

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The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, their hearts become fearful, and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely. [8:2] It doesn't feel like Ramadan.The excitement, the struggle of the fast, the security of knowing that every good action is an added blessing, exercising patience and feeling contentment when tested, the thrill of biting into a sweet date at iftar, the peace of sitting in the mosque and smelling the … [Read more...]

Negotiating Muslim Steampunk

The final product. Ms. K, Inquisitor of the social sciences and robotics. I’m on the hunt for a man named Rex Marxley.

This post was originally published at wood turtle.Goggles and gears, corsets adorned with brass and lace brocade, Victorian aesthetics meshed with clockwork, artisans selling creative curios, side show fancies and handmade wares — all came together seamlessly for an imagined moment in time that transformed the historic Gladstone Hotel in Toronto for an annual steampunk street festival.With my feathered top hat pinned firmly to my hijab and my robotic “ocular enhancement” painted on my fac … [Read more...]

The Bee and the Butterfly

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This woman is my hero.I’m not saying this just because a newspaper is showcasing her fabulous strength and intelligence — or because I love amplifying stories of amazingly fierce women.This woman is my hero because we’ve laughed together, shared incredible experiences, seen each other at our most vulnerable, and have given each other support in countless ways.This woman is my AMAZING sister-in-law and I am incredibly proud of h … [Read more...]

Book Review: “Painted Hands” by Jennifer Zobair

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I didn't know what to expect when I first picked up Jennifer Zobair's debut novel, Painted Hands.Chicklit isn't really my thing -- and it was sold to me as a "Muslim chicklit" -- even though highly appraising endorsements found on the back cover call this novel, "a positive portrait of Muslim women" and an "important addition to the canon of ethnic fiction." I've never seen Sex In the City; when it comes to fiction, I'm more interested in sci-fi/fantasy, and I just wasn't sure how much I … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part II

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.Finally, here’s the fourth post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women. It was an absolute joy to speak to these phenomenal women and it was so exciting to pick their brains. If I had the power, I would have invited everyone for a massive party.As I’ve pointed out throughout this series, these blogs and social media personalities are resource-mining and community-building. They are story telling with authentic voices and en … [Read more...]

Challenging Stereotypes: Part I

Much different from a bag of garbage, this Afghani girl attends a skateboarding school where 40% of its students are female.

This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the third post in my ongoing series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.There are amazing media makers in the Muslim blogosphere and this is by no means a comprehensive list of all the fabulous people out there challenging stereotypes. In fact, I’ve had to split this post into two in order to include everyone. Stay tuned for Part II.If you have a favourite example that’s not represented here, please share it in the comme … [Read more...]

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the second post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence.This post looks specifically at Gendered Islamophobia as targeted toward mothers and their families. ---Before she was even old enoug … [Read more...]


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