Friday Links | April 18, 2014

An internally displaced Muslim woman in the Central African Republic lies in a house in the town of Boda, after she lost her six-day-old baby just a day previously. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters

The predominantly Kurdish southeastern region of Turkey has the highest number of female mayors after the March 30 elections, partly because of a quota for women in the popular pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP). One of the new female mayors in this region is former child bride Berivan Kilic.The controversial draft law in Iraq that would allow 9-year-old Shi'ite girls to get married has stirred controversy all over the world, but according to experts it is unlikely that this bill … [Read more...]

Book Review: I Am the Beggar of the World

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Last month, I looked at Eliza Griswold and Seamus Murphy’s work profiling Afghan women poets particular form of poetry, the landay. Their work, as they presented it in an article on Slate, came across as nuanced and reflective (my own words) of Afghan women’s experiences. I was eager to review their book, I Am the Beggar of the World, which is available this month and was kindly provided by the publisher.Griswold worked with Pashtun women translators to find and present poems that would t … [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...]

Friday Links | April 11, 2014

Bosnian Mejra Dzogaz prays near the graves of her family members at the Memorial Centre in Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where over 6,000 victims of the Srebrenica massacre have been buried. Image by Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Indonesia had its elections last Wednesday. This time around, parties had to ensure that 30 percent of their candidates were female, but in a country notorious for its corruption, many of these female candidates come from political dynasties or are celebrities; it is even suggested that to become a female candidate not much more is required than to be gorgeous and have some claim to "fame." Still, women remain hopeful that something will change as a result of this election and the higher quota … [Read more...]

What Do We Make of the “Indian” Converts to Islam

Women eating Iftar - Via International Business Times

There is a lot of talk recently about “Latin” and Spanish-speaking converts to Islam, particularly women, which I have discussed in previous posts (here and here). Female converts to Islam, in general, give us a lot to talk about; thus, my question in a previous post on “Are converts news?” Some converts are treated as “cool” and progressive members willing to speak to the media. Others are used to represent media obsessions with wild-girls-gone-Muslim stories, which many Muslims and non-Muslims … [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...]

“Allah Makes Muslims, Allah Makes Queers”: A Interview with Terna Tilley-Gyado of Coming Out Muslim

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Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love is a storytelling performance that highlights the experiences of LGBT Muslims. While I was aware of Coming Out Muslim, I did not realise that one of the people behind the project is a West African Muslimah. I was connected with Terna Tilley-Gyado through a mutual friend Mikael Owunna and I am honoured to have had this interview with her.Anike: Please introduce yourself.Terna Tilly-Gyado: My name is Terna. I am a healer, artist, educator, and … [Read more...]


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