For Neda: HBO Documents the 2009 Iranian Elections

As I snuggled on the couch to watch HBO’s documentary on Neda Agha-Soltan, I knew this wasn’t the time for popcorn. The first images that splashed across the screen were Agha-Soltan’s infamous last moments, which haunted viewers around the world exactly a year ago. The tone of onlookers and loved ones was agonizing, screaming as they crowded around her body, placing their hands over the bullet hole in her chest. As blood began to gush from her mouth and nose, Agha-Soltan’s eyes remained open. It … [Read more...]

Friday Links – June 18, 2010

The Iranian government's campaign against "bad hejab" is back on. Related: in recent months, 71 "improperly dressed" women have prevented from boarding Iranian planes.An American doctor discusses the idea of "honor" in Turkish society.Women in Bristol march against female genital cutting.Emirati women take to Twitter to change negative perceptions of their countrypeople.ILLUME reports that Human Rights Watch calls Iraqi Kurdistan to ban female genital cutting. More here.Al … [Read more...]

The New Music Makers: European Muslim Women

Europe’s controversial stance and inflammatory language surrounding the burqa puts Muslim women, veiled or not, in a tight spot. Instead of donning a low profile, some Muslim women are turning to music to speak their minds.European Muslimahs are defying stereotypes by promoting their art and pushing themselves front and center. Take Diam's, a French recording artist who shot to fame with her 2006 album Dans Ma Bulle (In My Bubble). Born in Cyprus, Diam's raps about discrimination, poverty, a … [Read more...]

Rima Fakih and the Issue of Muslim Heritage

This post was written by Margari Aziza Hill and originally published at her website.It’s taken me a while to make a statement on the Rima Fakih's win. Out of the many reasons why, the one that stands out the most is that American Muslims tend to condemn non-practicing Muslims. Although the numbers of practicing Muslims is lower than we’d like to admit, many American Muslims are not willing to admit that a woman without hijab also has a place in our community. And often, they can rep … [Read more...]

Book Review: Isobel Coleman’s Paradise Beneath Her Feet

Isobel Coleman’s recently-released Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East presents a case-study of sorts, highlighting the work of Muslim women who are engaged in combating patriarchal culture as a means to change societal norms and achieve empowerment.A large part of Coleman’s argument emphasizes the role of Islamic Feminism, where a feminist lens is applied to orthodox Islamic interpretations, using a religious framework to fight patriarchal customs that sub … [Read more...]

“Really Dutch:” On Consumerism and National Identity

Al Nisa (Arabic for “the women”), a Muslim woman’s organization based out of the Netherlands, has found a new and eye-catching way to combat misconceptions about Muslim women in the Netherlands.In early May they launched their campaign titled, “Really Dutch.” This poster campaign features Muslim women, pictured wearing a headscarf, doing things which are “Dutch.”What is “Dutch,” you ask? According to the posters, drinking tea and eating herring are things which are indicative of one’s Dutch-n … [Read more...]

G. Willow Wilson: On Women, the Media, and Islam

Editor's Note: Readers, since this has been a busy week of travel for me, I haven't been able to put together a regular Friday links. But we've got a treat for you! Enjoy Raaz's interview with G. Willow Wilson!In The Butterfly Mosque, G. Willow Wilson presents her own personal experience of her conversion to Islam and evolving understanding of womanhood, relationships, media, and culture.  I had a chance to review her memoir and interview her.  Here are my five questions with author G. Willow W … [Read more...]