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...]

An Update of Sorts on the Sura al-Shawk Case

Sura al-Shawk. Photo via 24heures.ch.

Almost a year ago, for my very first MMW post, I wrote about Sura al-Shawk, a professional Swiss basketball player from Luzern who was forced to choose between wearing her headscarf and playing professional basketball due to the supposed “uniform” regulations of the local and national basketball associations, both affiliated with FIBA, the International Basketball Federation.Last March, after my original article was published, the regional courts in Luzern ruled that al-Shawk must go thro … [Read more...]

Putting All Their Eggs in One Basket: Sports Illustrated Profiles Star Basketballer’s Headscarf

One of the most common questions that the media, and maybe even non-Muslim in everyday life, have for women who wear hijab is "how do you do [insert whatever said activity here] in hijab?" It is probably also a question that Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir gets often, since she is a star high school basketball player in Massachusetts. It's a question that you would expect to be answered fairly, quickly, and straightforwardly.However, Bilquis' hijab was the focus for a recent Sports Illustrated profile. … [Read more...]


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