New MMW Contributor!

Salam, everyone!My name is Sara, and I'm a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin. My family is of Indian descent, but my parents and grandparents all lived and grew up largely in East Africa, and I was born in Toronto, Canada. I lived in the Ivory Coast for a few years and spent high school and college in Texas. This mix of experiences and cultures has made me intellectually curious about the process of identity-formation, particularly in Muslim communities. I'm … [Read more...]

Friday Links — July 2, 2010

Afshan Azad's father and brother have been charged with attempting to murder her.The Independent profiles Muslim fashion designers.Syria bans school teachers from wearing niqab in the classroom.CNN examines fashion at a Malaysian Qur'an reading competition.A Nigerian Muslim women's group has said that the political environment in the country is not conducive for women to participate in politics.Check out elan magazine's profile of Muslim women's blogs, including … [Read more...]

How to Cheat on Your Exams: Hi-Tech Hijab!

June is exam time in North Africa. With some amusement, I read a link forwarded to me from an Algerian website about young women using their Bluetooths and hijab to cheat on their baccalaureate exams.  A quick Google search proved this was a pan-Maghreb thing, as Moroccan and Tunisian media has written on the subject.In North African countries, the results of one’s baccalaureate exams are key to scoring increasingly scarce university places, both at home and abroad. So the stakes are quite hi … [Read more...]

There’s “Muslim,” and Then There’s “Muslim-Born”…

The Independent recently published an article by Jerome Taylor, titled "First woman to lead Friday prayers in the UK," talking about the mixed-congregation Friday prayers that Canadian Raheel Raza was to lead the following day.  I read it, feeling confused: didn't Amina Wadud do this already?Well, yes, she did.  The beginning of the article clarifies that Raza is the first Muslim-born woman to do so: A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British c … [Read more...]

A Danish Scheherazade: Suzanne Brøgger’s The Veil

The prolific and eclectic Danish writer Suzanne Brøgger has more than twenty works to her name, most of which have at one time or another been labeled as provocative. Brøgger became an overnight celebrity in Denmark back in 1973 with the publication of her acerbically-titled book of essays Fri os fra kærligheden (Deliver Us from Love), in which she presents elegantly formed arguments that conclude, in a manner both logical and tongue-in-cheek, that the family unit should be abolished and that me … [Read more...]

When the Personal is Political: Dr. Samar Habib

Those of you who have been following debates surrounding academic freedom might remember the story of Dr. Samar Habib (pictured below right), whose “Women in Arabic and Islamic Literature” course was cut from the University of Western Sydney schedule largely due to complaints by Muslim organizations like the Australian National Imams Council and Muslims for Peace. Amidst complaints that the course promoted “an emphasis on sexuality and a sexually explicit content that is not reflective of norma … [Read more...]

Friday Links — June 25, 2010

GetReligion examines The New York Times' article about Saudi women fighting for guardianship.A Somali woman resists community pressure to give up her daughter.World Cup fever extends to abayas!In Italy, a woman whose husband beat her has been hospitalized. May Allah keep her.The Contra Costa Times profiles Moina Shaiq, a tireless advocate for the local Muslim community in Fremont, California.An Australian Muslim woman has complained that she was told to remove her face veil … [Read more...]