Ms. Marvel Reviewed

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Can a young American, Muslim woman who discovers her superpowers change the way Muslim women are perceived in the United States?My knowledge of comics is limited to what is presented in mainstream film incarnations—who among us hasn’t seen one of the many films that portray superheroes onscreen? Those cosmic tales where protagonists (predominantly male, of course) appeal to so many for the escape of life’s misfortunes—that ability to transcend the everyday drudgery through spectacular feats, … [Read more...]

Veil Stereotypes: Constructing and Distorting Muslim Women

A screen capture of a Google image search for “Muslim women.”

This post was first published at wood turtle.Last summer I spoke at a conference about some of the media stereotyping of Muslim women and the consequences that negative images and Islamophobia have on Muslim women and their families.Over a series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my research looking at the various ways Muslim women and mothers are presented by media, how this effects women’s relationships to their families, religion and Selves, and how women are in turn, responding to thes … [Read more...]

Beard Memes and the Proper Hijab Narrative

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This post was originally posted at wood turtle’s blog.The day my friend took off hijab was disappointing. While everyone was offering congratulations on the new look, I couldn't help wonder if my friend was having a crisis of faith. And when I asked if everything was okay, I learned a secret truth that sent me reeling.He never wore hijab in the first place.Naive assumptions led me to stereotype my friend as the "type of Muslim" who sports a beard out of religiosity, modesty and a refl … [Read more...]

The Subtleties of Being Caught in the Crossfire

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This post was written by guest contributor Amina Jabbar (@AminaJabbar).Amina Jabbar, Twitter handle: @AminaJabbarIn a recent article, “Muslim women are caught in the crossfire between bigots on both sides,” Sara Khan thoughtfully maps the spaces that Western Muslimahs negotiate. Muslim women, on one end, are more likely to experience Islamophobic violence than Muslim men. In the UK, Khan notes, as much as 54% of the violence is perpetrated by those with links to the British National Par … [Read more...]

Stories of South Asian Women in Heartbeats: The Izzat Project

Cover of Heartbeats: The Izzat Project. Artwork by Somya Singh.

At Muslimah Media Watch, many of our posts are critical of the way Muslim women are portrayed in various films, literature, and news articles—Muslim women (and other racialised women) are not given the space and time to share their personal stories of struggle and triumph on their own terms. Women’s stories are often mired with assumptions that women’s cultural and religious backgrounds condone the ill treatment they receive from their communities, that their personal experiences of abuse are com … [Read more...]

Gendered Expectations in Facebook Cartoons

An image from the Lukisan Dakwah Islam group, on how women should dress.

I have noticed a trend on Facebook of pages created and maintained by male religious teachers in the Malay-speaking communities of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. CahayaIslam ("Light of Islam") and Lukisan Dakwah Islam ("Islamic Drawings for Da'wah") are two pages most intriguing to me for two reasons: because they create and share cartoons that are drawn in the style of manga, which is popularly associated with comic books cheaply available to children and youth; and because they circumvent t … [Read more...]

How are Muslim Women Doing in Political Cartoons?

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After having written my undergraduate dissertation on depictions on Mexican First Ladies in political cartoons, I gained some insight into what it means to be a woman portrayed in editorial cartoons. Despite how funny political cartoons may be, they might also carry very strong messages, and these are often gendered.Political cartoons are a powerful medium because, although they are not news, they facilitate the delivery of specific messages. Political cartoons work in two ways: they reflect … [Read more...]


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