Women and Children First: How French Policies Impact Muslim Communities


This post is written by Guest Contributor, Sarabi N. Eventide (@SarabiNEventide). By the grace of God, I have been afforded the opportunity to study in Paris next semester. I’ve been longing to go to France since I was a little girl; I spent many a day pretending I was born in the campagne (countryside) or by the rivière (river). In high school I always made sure I completed my French homework, if nothing else. Now, in university, I force myself to get up and get dressed in time to make it to … [Read more...]

#NoAllMalePanels: Call for Action


A Call for Action from #MuslimMaleAllies to Pledge to End #AllMalePanels at Muslim Events - A Grassroots Collaborative InitiativeThis post is co-authored by Shehnaz Haqqani, Sabina Khan-Ibarra and Zahra Khan. Because of the trend of all-male panels at Muslim events - as recently publicized through Twitter conversations with the hashtags #AddFemaleSpeakers and #NextTimeRememberHer, Muslim women and their allies have initiated a drive to challenge this patriarchal norm and demand the inc … [Read more...]

“Why Helpless?” Victims of Racist Attacks Are Not Just Victims


A few days ago, as part of an event hosted by Columbia Journalism school, Nahed El Tantawy, Nina Ansary, and Lisa Goldman took part in a panel with the title “Alternate Narratives of the Middle East: Coverage of Women.” I’d recommend everyone go watch it, even thought at the beginning much of the discussion covered well-worn ground – Middle Eastern women are not all Muslim, they don’t all cover, they are not all oppressed, they don't all have the same understanding of their faith, they are anythi … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Sara Niroobakhsh "illustrates with artistry the ongoing conflict between the desires and ambitions of Iranian women stripped of agency in a man’s world."Bake Off winner Nadiya has "done more for British Muslim women than politicians"Puteri Hasannah Karunia is a popular Indonesian fashion blogger trying to change stereotypes of muhajjabas.77 female lecturers sue Cairo University President, Gaber Nassar, for banning niqab among staffDeeyah Khan writes that "women in the Muslim wo … [Read more...]

Gender, Race and Muslim-Latin Solidarity


In Mexico City there is a neighbourhood called Santa María La Ribera. The area was an affluent neighbourhood during the 19th and early 20th centuries; however, since the 50s it has become more of a lower-middle class vicinity. Yet, the old mansions remain as a permanent reminder of the city’s aristocratic history.At the centre of this neighborhood there is a 19th century kiosk in the mudéjar style. The kiosk was designed by a Mexican engineer and put together in the US just to be brought int … [Read more...]

Not Between Her and Allah: Hijab-shaming in Malaysia


Hijab-shaming is a favourite activity for some Muslims, both on-and offline. In fact, just last month I attended a religious class where the teacher spent a good half hour doing just that (I had to stop going for my mental health).While meeting up with a girlfriend last week, she regaled me with the details of a religious class where the female teacher showed examples of “improper hijab” from a selection of hijabi Instagram users – young women who were obviously oblivious to the use of their … [Read more...]

Domestic Violence and Djinn

Trigger warning for discussion of domestic violence. The author of this piece wishes to remain anonymous. It’s difficult to write this. There are some things that are difficult to tell anyone. They seem too outlandish to be real to anyone else. There are perspective shifts involved that you know wouldn’t be possible unless someone had lived your exact life. It makes sense only in the context of your own experience. Because of that experience, you can stand looking at bruises on your … [Read more...]