Defensiveness in the Time of Da’esh

One of the events at the All About Women program held at Sydney Opera House this year was entitled “Conversations with Muslim Women.” Featuring two Australian Muslim women, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Susan Carland, the event was advertised as a conversation with, rather than about, Muslim women. So the three women on stage have an engaging discussion, by turns funny and poignant, about the dilemmas of being a Muslim woman in Australia, from facing discrimination, to negative perspections of Islam, t … [Read more...]

Friday Links

How to keep a hijab on when skydiving in Dubai? A Canadian female skydiving instructor discusses how Muslim women can experience all the excitement in the emirate of Dubai. What made a young Australian lady defend a Muslim woman against a racial rant? A viral video shows a Muslim couple as victims of a hateful rant. Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge in UK suggests. Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, says that judges … [Read more...]

Friday Links

A local council in Victoria, Australia asked non-Muslim women to wear hijabs to raise awareness and combat islamophobia, stirring controversy. A group of Muslim Pakistani-American women are pushing the boundaries on how Muslim women are perceived, especially when it comes to the comedy scene. They say: "Nobody expects Muslim women to be comedians." Global life stories: capturing Muslim women's lived realities is a project that reveals the striking disconnect between the … [Read more...]

Inheritance Rights in Islam: Islamic Policies in Muslim and Secular States, Legal Systems and Media

During the past week, inheritance according to the precepts of Shari’ah was a hot topic around the world, from Australia and Pakistan to Tunisia and Malaysia. An overview of the system is available in this article, although, as always, there is much diversity both in specific understandings of inheritance laws and in broader understandings of what “Shari’ah” is.  A few days ago, Jamila Hussain wrote an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, discussing issues of equity vs. equality in inherit … [Read more...]

Balancing Jamie and Jamilah: A Review of “Ten Things I Hate About Me”

I was excited when the book Does My Head Look Big in This? came out a few years ago (see Melinda's MMW review of it here.) In that book, author Randa Abdel-Fattah tells the story of Amal, a young Australian Muslim woman who decides to wear hijab and navigates the challenges of expressing her identity as an Australian Muslim.  Books about young Muslims in the West (a political and not geographic definition, obviously, given that I'm including Australia) aren't exactly common, so it's always … [Read more...]

Discussing Muslim Women in Australia: An Interview With Joumanah El Matrah

Recently, Australia's ABC National Radio show, The Religion Report, covered the issue of racism experienced by Muslim women. In light of a recent Australian report entitled "Race, Faith and Gender" published by the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria that assessed the impact of racism on Muslim women, host David Rutledge interviewed Joumanah El Matra, the Executive Director of the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria about the issue. You can listen to the interview and read the … [Read more...]

Not Australia’s Next Top Model: Iktimal Hage-Ali

Iktimal Hage-Ali, 24 is a Lebanese-Australian woman whose life reads like an episode of E! True Hollywood Story.Hage-Ali, a former member of the government‘s Muslim Community Reference Group was arrested for conspiring to sell drugs on Nov. 22, 2006, eight days before she was named New South Wales’ Young Australian of the Year award. She relinquished this title after pictures of her sipping champagne surfaced on the Internet and reports about her cocaine habit were made public. She was rel … [Read more...]


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