Friday Links | January 31, 2014

Two Palestinian brides sit on stage during a mass wedding in Jericho, West Bank where approx. 220 couples got married. Another 80 couples were married in Gaza; the ceremony was paid for by the Palestinian Presidential Office. Image by Ammar Awad/Reuters

Last week the current Syrian regime announced during the peace negotiations that women and children are free to leave the city of Homs and said it would provide all the necessities, so they would not need for anything. One woman relates her horrifying experiences in Homs, before she fled the city last year. The first round of peace talks are scheduled to end today/Friday, but haven't really lead to any substantive results yet. Despite their demand to be included, women are largely absent from … [Read more...]

Book Review: “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahed

The cover of Yasmin Mogahed's Reclaim Your Heart. [Source].

A number of initiatives have been launched in the last few years to engage Muslim women in public discussions of issues related to Islam in general. In her post "Reviving the Spirit Without Recognizing Half The Audience?", Sumaya, a guest contributor to MMW, suggested a list of women who should be invited on such events. One of them is Yasmin Mogahed (who has since spoken at the same conference that Sumaya covered), an internationally-renowned writer and speaker who launched her book, Reclaim … [Read more...]

Britain and the Veil: From Jack Straw to Jeremy Browne

Jeremy Browne. [Source].

The debate about whether or not “we” should have a debate about banning “veils” has returned – or maybe it would be more accurate to say that the volume has been raised, since this is a debate that seems to have been running in the background for most of the last decade. The amount of material on this topic is huge and seemingly endless, and the interest in rehashing the debate seems excessive, given that the face veil is worn by a tiny minority of the minority of Muslim women in the West. … [Read more...]

Friday Links | January 24, 2014

The Indonesian sitting volleyball team serves during the finals of Asean Para-Games in Burma/Myanmar, where nearly 2,000 athletes from 10 nations competed in 12 sports. Image by Philip Heijmans/Al Jazeera

Russian authorities are hunting for potential female suicide bombers in and around Sochi; security forces say that they have killed potential "black widow" Zaira Alieva during an operation on Saturday, which left seven dead. The Olympic Games are scheduled to start on February 7.It is estimated that one in nine Pakistani women will have breast cancer during her lifetime, but conservative values and cultural taboos make fighting the disease extremely challenging.The Burma/Myanmar … [Read more...]

The Women that Need Saving: A Reflection on Lila Abu-Lughod’s “Do Muslim Women Need Saving?”

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My mother belongs to the Zapotec region of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is one of the few among my relatives who identifies as “indigenous.” Colonialism in Mexico, and perhaps in many countries in Latin America, was different in that one of the successes of the colonial era was the creation of the caste system and its everlasting effects on indigenous populations. Despite the fact that 200 years have passed since Mexican independence from Spain, I grew up with nationalist discourses that de … [Read more...]

Friday Links | January 17, 2014

This image of a Tuareg woman is part of a series of pictures featured by Al Jazeera, which chronicles the lives of current day Tuaregs in their desert homeland in northern Niger and Mali. Image by May Welsh/Al Jazeera

Human Rights Watch has spoken out about the discriminatory rules imposed on women by certain Syrian armed opposition groups.After young Australian couple had been killed in Syria earlier this week, many stories have been coming up about Amira Karroum, the woman involved, stressing her "recent" shift to a more "radical" Islam and her alleged verbal abuse of the neighbours.Syrian women have requested a large role during the peace negotiations expected to start next week.The BBC shares t … [Read more...]

One-Dimensional Hijab Stories

Image from the Hijab Stories tvOne Twitter feed.

In a previous post, I talked a little about the 99 Hijab Stories book and why the idea of the book made me squirm.I don’t know how succesful the book has been, but it certainly has generated enough hype that a few months later an Indonesian TV channel announced that it would air (*drumroll*) a TV show “inspired by the book”.The basic idea of the show is pretty much similar to the book: hijab-wearing public figures will be invited to the talk show to talk about why they wear the hijab … [Read more...]


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