Ramadan Mobarak!

Salam alaikum, readers!We'd like to wish all of you a blessed and peaceful Ramadan!Image by El Agizy In Design, via SOME Contrast. … [Read more...]

FGM in Kristof and WuDunn’s Half the Sky

After watching Moolaadé, I recalled that I had come across a story several months ago of how FGM is combated in Senegal in Kristof and WuDunn’s Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, released in 2009. Kristof and WuDunn devote the thirteenth chapter of the book (chapter: “Grassroots vs. Treetops”) to looking at an organization, Tostan, that works to “empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation” that has cont … [Read more...]

FGM in Sembene’s Moolaadé

Moolaadé, directed by the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene and released in 2004,tells the story of a group of young African Muslim girls who have refused to undergo a “purification” ceremony in an African village. The girls seek protection (“moolaadé”) from a woman, Colle (played by actress Fatoumata Coulibaly), who finds the practice abhorrent and is sympathetic to the girls’ pleas.  What ensues is a story of impending social change—the intertwining of the media, cultural influence, and a wo … [Read more...]

Friday Links — August 6, 2010

A South African rape survivor receives unspeakably offensive treatment while attempting to get justice.The President of Brazil has offered Sakineh Ashtiani amnesty.  Via Jezebel.On Miss California, a Muslim Bangladeshi-American, and her immigration platform.The New York Times reports on the conditions faced by migrant workers in Kuwait.Maybe someone will listen when a non-Muslim woman says it: Afghan women's movements are not given enough credit in the West.Indian … [Read more...]

More on the Time Magazine Conversation

Krista speaks with an AP reporters about Aisha's Time magazine: Krista Riley, a sociology graduate student and contributor to a Muslim women's website, Muslimah Media Watch, finds the photo "invasive and deeply troubling." To Riley, the image plays into racial divides and cultural distances. Read more on the conversation here. Check it out! … [Read more...]

Sneak Preview of Onion Tears by Shubnum Khan

Yesterday, we interviewed Shubnum Khan about her book, Onion Tears. Today, we have a preview of her book, which has been shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing. KHADEEJAHKhadeejah knew a great deal about husbands.In her many years of moving around the country she had come across a number of them. There were:1.)    The good ones who rubbed your back when you vomited. And tried to fry eggs on Sunday mornings.2.)    The mean ones who slammed your fingers in doors. Or pinched y … [Read more...]

Interview with Author Shubnum Khan

Shubnum Khan is a young Muslimah from Durban, South Africa. Her book Onion Tears has been shortlisted for the Penguin Prize for African Writing. Her novel explores the lives of South African Indian Muslim women. I interviewed Khan about her book and her writing.Safiyyah for MMW: Tell us a little about the book.Shubnum Khan: Onion Tears is a story about the lives of a strange grandmother, a rebellious daughter, and her own angry daughter. The novel is primarily about a young girl’s search for … [Read more...]