Muslims at Catholic Colleges: Aliens From Outer Space Are Thriving on Earth

Three Muslim women who study at the University of Dayton.  Image via the New York Times.

The other day, I stumbled across a piece on the increasing number of Muslim students at Catholic colleges in the United States.  The New York Times article is the result of interviews with students and administrators at several American Catholic institutions.  Also accompanying the article was the usual array of pictures depicting Muslim women in colorful hijabs on campus, further underscoring the author's thesis of “thriving Muslims” at US colleges.  While I appreciate the author's attempt to hi … [Read more...]

More about Sexual Harassment in Egypt

Amr Hamzawy's tweet.

It is no secret that sexual harassment is a very dangerous phenomenon in Egypt streets. What is striking is that it is getting worse, not better. I have been suffering from street sexual harassment for years, and wrote 2 years ago that I no longer had any tolerance for it. I described how I would attack men in cars with rocks if they had stopped to harass me.Earlier last year, the day it was announced that Mubarak had stepped down, Tahrir Square was so crowded with people celebrating, and in … [Read more...]

Hijab: A Muslim Woman’s only Achievement?

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As a person who interacts with a Western Muslim community that places great importance in women’s clothing and female modesty, I am rarely surprised by the focus on hijab as the sign of piety. Similarly, I have unfortunately gotten used to the obsession in some Western media with hijabs and black robes as symbols of oppression.  Hijab is everywhere. It is in my mosque, in my community, and in the media. However reading the multitude of recent media stories on hijab over the past few weeks, I was … [Read more...]

The “Problem” of Spinsterhood in the Gulf

Source: telegraph.co.uk

Last month, one of my close friends in Dubai got engaged. She is 35, an accountant, and her fiancé is a doctor. I still remember how her mother used to worry about her not getting married, to the extent that she kept wondering what was going to happen to her daughter after she (the mother) dies! In Arab-Muslim society, being a 'spinster' is a real 'problem,' and often a crippling stigma.A woman that reaches 30 years of age without getting married is considered a 'spinster', who contributes … [Read more...]

Apple and its Islamophobic Thesaurus

Apple Computer’s 1997 “Think different” campaign. Image courtesy of Apple. Source: Wired.com

This post was written by guest contributor Arwa Aburawa.About a week ago, I was sitting in a cafe talking to a new acquaintance about racism. The person in question had worked on issues of race and racism for some time and I would say is a lot more clued up about the tensions and insidious forms of racism than I am. Even so, I was a little shocked to hear her say that she preferred the outward racism of her childhood than today's hidden-behind-a-smile-racism. Personally, I didn't want to go … [Read more...]

Fashion as Resistance: The Case of Mali

Mariah Bocoum

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post discussing the attempt among Muslim leaders in Russia to prove that Russian Muslim women are modern and fashionable, unlike Muslims elsewhere. Soon after, fashion made headlines again, this time in the case of Mali, with Yahoo! News reporting on Darkar Fashion Week 2012.The event, which takes place in Senegal, has been attracting designers from all over Africa for the past ten years. The event has been reported to attempt to bring Africa forward in the … [Read more...]

Re-Humanize Me: Risky or Repetitive?

Poster image for "Re-Humanize Me." Via Deha Vasana.

A couple weeks ago, I was walking with a friend, when she abruptly stopped listening to me and turned to look at a bulletin board we were passing.  I followed her gaze, and… oh.  Uh.  Wow. Poster image for "Re-Humanize Me." Via Deha Vasana. Advertising a contemporary dance theatre performance called “Re-Humanize Me” at Montreal’s Fringe Festival, the poster features a woman in niqab in an Indian dance pose – with one bare leg peeking out from her abaya.  When I looked up the performance onli … [Read more...]


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