The Sad Stories of Muslim Women in Pictures

Aid, a body builder, and his mother by Denis Dailleux - via World Press Photo.

My dad has been an avid photographer since I can remember. As a kid I was constantly photographed with a traditional analog camera and black and white film. As a teenager, it was my dad’s passion that led me to learn professional photography through vocational education. Photographs, my dad used to tell me, are a “window” into someone else’s life. This “window” is not necessarily how they see themselves, but how the world around them perceives them.It was not long before I started collecting … [Read more...]

Friday Links | June 6, 2014

Puel women in a village outside Bambari, Central African Republic. The Puel are predominantly Muslim and therefore are often attacked by Christian Anti-Balaka militia. Image by Goran Tomasevic/Reuters.

The sister of the pregnant Pakistani woman Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death in broad daylight outside a court house last week, says that the husband of her sister is guilty of the murder. The initial story was that the father of the victim had killed her for not marrying a man of his choosing. Last Wednesday Farzana's husband and brother were arrested. On Thursday, Pakistani police issued a statement that Farzana Parveen wasn't pregnant when she was murdered. On Thursday, 18-year-old … [Read more...]

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...]

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the “Villains” of Islam

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A few weeks ago, Brandeis University announced that Ayaan Hirsi Ali would be the recipient of an honorary degree. Controversy followed the announcement, encompassing those who believed that Ali follows the steps of Louis Brandeis (the man who the University was named after), those who think she is not as conservative as she could be (depending on the context), and those who characterize Ali as an Islamophobe.In the wake of this controversy, the University decided to withdraw the honorary … [Read more...]

Hijab Removal, Iranian Women, and Freedom of Dress

Image via the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page.

This post was originally published at Aquila Style.The liberal feminist organisation Femen and its members’ naked breasts have had their media run. Now a more modest sort of uncovering is happening, this time in Iranian social media. Last month, London-based Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad started a movement on Facebook and Twitter, translated as “My Stealth Freedom”, to highlight the “legal and social restrictions” faced by women in Iran.Secular and Muslim women all over Iran are p … [Read more...]

Friday Links | May 23, 2014

Sahrawi singer Aziza Brahim, who has recently released a new CD.  [Source].

Al Jazeera profiles Tuareg singer Fatimata Oumarr.Christian and Muslim girls from northern Nigeria talk about the risks they face in attending school.A Uyghur woman living in the United States pays tribute to her father, who is currently imprisoned in China.Syria Deeply interviews a Damascus woman who runs an orphanage about the increasing number of children orphaned and abandoned because of the war in Syria.A new IRIN short film called The Sins of the Fathers features the work of … [Read more...]

The Crimes and Punishment of Apostasy and Adultery

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Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese doctor who married a Christian man in 2011, was convicted last week on charges of apostasy.  While Ibrahim has a Muslim father, she appears to have been raised Christian. Apostasy implies conversion, but as Ibrahim reportedly told the judge, "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” By her account, Ibrahim has always considered herself to be Christian, raising the question of what it means for a court to be using “Islamic law” to sentence her when its basis for … [Read more...]


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