Ms. Marvel Reviewed

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Can a young American, Muslim woman who discovers her superpowers change the way Muslim women are perceived in the United States?My knowledge of comics is limited to what is presented in mainstream film incarnations—who among us hasn’t seen one of the many films that portray superheroes onscreen? Those cosmic tales where protagonists (predominantly male, of course) appeal to so many for the escape of life’s misfortunes—that ability to transcend the everyday drudgery through spectacular feats, … [Read more...]

Book Review: “Painted Hands” by Jennifer Zobair

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I didn't know what to expect when I first picked up Jennifer Zobair's debut novel, Painted Hands.Chicklit isn't really my thing -- and it was sold to me as a "Muslim chicklit" -- even though highly appraising endorsements found on the back cover call this novel, "a positive portrait of Muslim women" and an "important addition to the canon of ethnic fiction." I've never seen Sex In the City; when it comes to fiction, I'm more interested in sci-fi/fantasy, and I just wasn't sure how much I … [Read more...]

“Torn”: A Tale of Tolerance and Doubt

Scene from the movie Torn.

After reading the synopsis of Torn , a film written by Michael Richter and directed by Jeremiah Birnbaum, I thought: Oooh, this might be yet another film on the post 9/11 era, blaming the Muslim community for all evil things that happened, and echoing  all sorts of stereotypes that have defined America’s perceptions of Muslims around the world.But Richter and Birnbaum proved me wrong. After watching Torn, I believe cinema can still surprise us with bold ideas and out-of-the-box un … [Read more...]

Unmasking Unmosqued: Finding a Space for Women

New York City's 96th Street Mosque. Image via the Unmosqued movie website.

As many of our loyal and long-time readers are well aware of, we’ve often covered the issue of women’s space and place in mosques. Whether we were looking at Chinese female imams and all-women mosques or the effect of mosque space on women’s love lives and, well, humanity, we’ve explored the various issues of gender, sexuality and politics found between the walls of many mosques. Mosques, much like any other space, are complicated meeting points of identity, belief, and mores, with potential to i … [Read more...]

Nur Media’s “Ask A Muslim” Series: Black Muslims Talk Islam

Ask A Muslim logo. Via the project's Facebook page.

Finding black Muslim women in mainstream media circuits can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Most of the representations of Muslim people are confined to Arab and South Asian people, which are both the faults of mainstream producers and Muslim-owned media makers. However, it leaves other communities within the broader Muslim community to feel left out and underrepresented.So what does it mean to be a black Muslim in America? Nur Media decided to bring together black Muslims to talk … [Read more...]

The 2012 Annual ISNA Convention Reviewed

Publicity image for this year's ISNA convention.

At the beginning of September, I attended the annual Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Washington, D.C.  The event brings many well-known speakers, a bazaar, art exhibits, the always popular “speed marriage interviews a.k.a. the matrimonials,” and various entertainment acts from across the ISNA, Muslim Students Association (MSA), and Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA) organizations. The convention brings several thousand attendees.Going into the weekend-long conference, … [Read more...]

Rebels By Accident: Telling Muslim Girls’ Stories in Young Adult Fiction

Rebels by Accident, by Patricia Dunn

“I don’t think there’s ever been a time in my life when I wanted to pray. My mom always made me think that as Muslims, we should. But as soon as I stopped caring about what Mom thought, I stopped praying altogether. But today—right now—I really want to pray.” (Rebels by Accident, p. 150) Rebels by Accident introduces us to Mariam, a 15-year-old Arab-American teenager who finds herself in jail after police raid a party she had crashed with her best friend, Deanna.  Her horrified parents punish he … [Read more...]


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