Book Review: Muslim American Women on Campus by Shabana Mir

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As an American Muslimah who graduated from an American university in 2004, I was very interested to read Shabana Mir’s new book Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity, to see how her conclusions lined up with my experiences. In this book, Mir looks at how Muslim women students forge their social and religious identities on campus. In doing so, she touches on three main themes (which we can agree could be the great unifiers of any college experience): clothing, b … [Read more...]

Book Review: Sin is a Puppy that Follows You Home

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Reading Hajiya Balaraba Ramat Yakubu's Sin is a Puppy That Follows You Home was to me like watching a Nigerian movie, in particular one on Africa Magic Hausa, a channel devoted to Hausa language movies. I could picture popular actors and actresses in the roles of different characters and imagined them bringing these roles to life. I have no idea if there is a movie equivalent of Sin is a Puppybut there just might be a movie version, considering that Yakubu has ventured into Kannywood (the Hausa … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 26, 2014

The annual cotton harvest is on its way in Uzbekistan. Officials have ordered people of all ages and backgrounds, pensioners and children included, to contribute to the harvest. Image by Elena Urlaeva/ RFE/RL

Another week, and more news on women and ISIS. In Iraq, ISIS has publicly executed women's rights activist Samira Salih al Nuiami, after a "court ruling" which found she was an apostate. Mariam Al Mansouria, UAE's first female pilot, has led air strikes against ISIS in Syria. One Syrian woman has filmed footage of life under ISIS rule in Raqqa, Syria. Strict rules imposed by ISIS in Mosul, Iraq have made it impossible for one young man to contact his fiancée. And while British Muslim women take a … [Read more...]

Muslim Women in Sports Media: Is It Still Progress if No One Cares?

Egypt’s national women’s basketball team. [Source].

On September 16, 2014, basketball’s international governing body, FIBA, announced it would be allowing headcoverings during competitive play for a trial period. It stopped short, however, of permanently lifting its ban on hijabs, turbans and yarmulkes worn by basketball players. Stories of players being rejected from tournaments and forced to forfeit because of their headcoverings have been reported for the last few years.A development that could potentially include thousands of players is g … [Read more...]

Disabled Muslims Need More than Du’a to Overcome Mosque Barriers

A sign found in Singapore’s Sultan Mosque encouraging fit and able-bodied women to use the second floor.

“How is your situation with attending the mosque?” begins a video by Kuwaiti preacher Mishary Al-Kharaz, before he introduces us to his “friend in Yemen”.The video shows Kamal, a young man with a “handicap”, as he enters a mosque, prays sitting on a chair and then goes up to the second floor after the maghrib prayer to attend a Qur’an memorisation class.All this despite the fact that he walks with difficulty on level flooring, has to crawl up the stairs, and struggles to recite Qur’an … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 19, 2014

A Kashmiri girl arrives at a free medical camp for displaced people, after the worst flood in the region in a century. Image by Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Much of the news involving Muslim women last week was focused on the female involvement in the current wars in Iraq and Syria. The Guardian featured an item on ISIS targeting the predominantly Somali community in the US heartland for female recruitment. Another article focuses on the social media presence of female ISIS supporters. Meanwhile, it has been reported that one of the two Austrian girls, who left to Syria to join the rebels, has been killed. One French Algerian family shares the story … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 12, 2014

Women playing volleyball inside an Afghan prison for women in Herat. The prison was built in cooperation with an Italian NGO and offers skills training to prepare women for a life outside prison. Image by Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

News that Scottish student Aqsa Mahmood has joined ISIS in Syria shocked many, but she isn't the only woman to do so. The Guardian features an article on the reasons why young women choose to go to Syria and what kind of life they are living there.Human Rights Watch reports that African Union peacekeepers in Somalia have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on two bases in the capital Mogadishu. Somalia has said that it will investigate the charges. Sare Davutoglu … [Read more...]


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