Review of Desert Dancer (2015)

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Six years ago I attended a contemporary dance workshop, and while I’ve been dancing for most of my life, what struck me most was one improvisation that involved dancing as if you were the furniture in your room. When we had come up with a sequence of movements representing various wardrobes, nightstands, mirrors, beds and tables, we had to then dance it while interpreting the concept of fear.I was thinking about this workshop as I watched Desert Dancer (2015) by Richard Raymond. The film is p … [Read more...]

#ListenNotSave – Niqab in Canada

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     Last month Canadian social media went wild with covering puns and jabs at the extraordinarily Islamophobic leader of the government, Prime Minister Harper. The Harper Government are challenging a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that allows Ms. Zunera Ishaq to wear her niqab at her Canadian Citizenship ceremony.  A ruling that Harper insists he will challenge. According to the Prime Minister, Ms.Ishaq’s choice to wear niqab, as a practice of … [Read more...]

On Sex Work and “Muslimness” as a Fetish

Mia Khalifa via Genius.com

Before I go right into this post, I think I should make some things clear. This is not a post about the “moral” or religious side of sex work. In fact, very much the opposite. It is rather an analysis of how sex work is depicted in intersection with Muslim identity and traditionally Muslim garments like the hijab and the niqab.You will note that I use the term “sex work” rather than prostitution, which from some perspectives is a colonial term meant to target Indigenous women in countries lik … [Read more...]

A Thousand Shames

A Palestinian girl carries a Kalashnikov rifle during a victory parade for Islamic Jihad in Gaza City. (Photo credit: Wissam Nassar, New York Times)

This article was originally published at Sixteen Minutes to Palestine  by Sami Kishawi.Saying that this photograph recently resurfaced would imply that it had somehow gotten buried. But that is simply not true. Published for the New York Times just days after Israel pulled back on its most deadly assault on the Gaza Strip yet, the image sent and continues to send shockwaves around the world. What was a child doing in the middle of that victory rally? Why was the child outfitted with a g … [Read more...]

Farkhunda, A Long Term Vision

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Guest Post by Kawsar Hosseini (@kaw_sarr), who writes at the blog East-West Bridge. The story of the lynching of Farkhunda, a woman accused of burning the Quran in Afghanistan, has been widely covered by media in recent days. Among those who have written about the lynching are many Afghans.In a Guardian article, Frozan Marofi, one of the women who went to the burial of Farkhunda calls her “this martyr of Afghanistan” while BBC Afghan's Karim Haidari writes of why he is “ashamed to be a ma … [Read more...]

Reconsidering Muslim Dating & Expectations

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One of my very first projects at Muslimah Media Watch was to review dating sites. The experience of discussing how we use technology to find a mate (here, here, here and here) baffled me a little because of the gendered and racialized aspects that I found while doing research. Later on, I also discovered that the bulk of people profiting from these sites are men, which added to my discomfort. A few years later, I had the opportunity to review Hipster Shaadi, which later evolved into Ishqr. This … [Read more...]

Friday Links

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 "Poetic Pilgrimage isn't just a rap group -- it's a statement about Islam, women and what it means to belong," writes Antonia Blumberg for The Huffington Post, in her article titled "Poetic Pilgrimage Is The Muslim Women's Rap Duo The World Needs Right Now."Canadian Conservative backbencher Larry Miller has apologized for saying Muslim women who do not want to remove their face coverings when taking the citizenship oath should "stay the hell where [they] come from".Esther Oluga … [Read more...]


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