New Contributor: Tasnim

Hi, all. I am Tasnim, a new contributor. I have been a guest contributor a couple of times, and an avid reader since I first discovered MMW, so I am looking forward to writing as a member of the team.As I live in Sweden, I hope to focus mainly on Islam and the representation of women in Scandinavia. There's more about my background on the contributors page. … [Read more...]

Friday Links — February 12, 2010

In Iran, Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari's remarks on the hijab anger clerics.Muslim women in India look upon the Western Burqa Ban phenomenon with confusion.The Dawn asks us to remember the harsh restrictions upon Afghan women during the Taliban's reign as Karzai prepares to make peace with the Taliban. The Star chimes in, too.More news about the conviction of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.Egypt's Divorce Radio gets more coverage.Sixteen Muslim women from … [Read more...]

A Look at Women in Ali Eteraz’s Children of Dust: Part II

Part I of this review ran last week. You can read it here.Why do Muslim women merely serve a sexual purpose and a way to “feel power over another human being” in Eteraz’s relationships in Children of Dust?  The answer to this question ultimately lies within the convoluted cultural-religious matrix Eteraz finds himself in as he attempts to form relationships with women.  At a young age, he learns a cultural understanding of relationships with women when his mother admonishes him for “playing” w … [Read more...]

Divorce, Egyptian Style: Oprah’s Episode on Marriage Around the Globe

I was thrilled when I heard that Oprah Winfrey interviewed Egyptian women about marriage for an episode of her show about marriage around the globe. Oprah has always been such an inspiration for a lot of women, me included. I was so excited for her to highlight my world and how women like me get married and the challenges we face.Naturally, the episode has grabbed a lot of attention. The guest list included: Ms. Injy Elkashef, a 37-year-old journalist who wears the hijab; Ms. Heba Shunbo, a … [Read more...]

The Headscarf as Cultural Barometer: Emma Tarlo’s Book on Hijab

In her new book, entitled Visibly Muslim: Fashion, Politics, Faith, Emma Tarlo captures the diversity in the way that Islam is practiced against the backdrop of multi-cultural Britain. Refreshingly, the book did not aim to answer whether or not covering was a part of Islam, and neither did it represent the views of Muslim women as a monolithic body.In her book, Tarlo shows a snapshot of the way in which the veil has manifested itself within the Muslim population of Britain. In focusing on … [Read more...]

Friday Links — February 5, 2009

Girls in Sudan risk sexual exploitation.A Jordanian court sentenced a 19-year-old man to 10 years in jail for stabbing his sister to death. May Allah give her peace and justice.Hijab Style interviews the founders of Vela.Sheema Khan asks for a Canadian approach to the burqa.Speaking of burqas, a cleric in India says that it is permissible for women to have identification pictures taken without a face veil.Nadya Khalife writes about Dubai's shameful record on rape. More from … [Read more...]

Cold Comfort: Supporting Arguments don’t do Burqa Bans a Favor

The proposed French ban on facial coverings* worn by some Muslim women seems like it hasn't left the news for weeks, with new developments popping up regularly and prompting, again, a wave of articles and editorials on the topic. One theme that I've noticed lately is the tendency for people opposed to the ban to contextualize their opposition with a comment along the lines of "I really don't like the burqa/niqab/veil, but I don't agree that it should be banned."  One Canadian blog describes it … [Read more...]