Rise of the Niqabi Criminal: Balaclavas, Burkas and Bank Robberies

Source: danielpipes.org

On December 30 of last year, someone wearing a niqab threw acid in the face of 20 year old Victoria's Secret shop assistant, Naomi Oni as she returned home after a late shift work one night. As Naomi Oni approached the flat she shared with her mother in Dagenham, East London, she caught a glimpse of the attacker before the acid was thrown at her.  Naomi Oni was almost blinded in the terrible, apparently random attack, although the Daily Mail guesses that this attack may have been motivated by … [Read more...]

Black Polyester: Nuance and Niqab?

"I wanted to own the article of clothing that was being talked about," Jonas Otterbeck says, explaining his reasons for buying a niqab. Otterbeck, who teaches Islamic Studies at Lund University in Sweden, spoke of his view on the niqab on the documentary Black Polyester, the sixth in a sixteen part series broadcast on SVT1 dealing with issues of power and politics.In the hour-long program, the presenter Lina Makboul addresses (but doesn't attempt to resolve) the question of whether the … [Read more...]

Missionary Rhetoric: A Cry of Need from Lands of Darkness

When Margaret Atwood wrote The Handmaid's Tale, a feminist dystopia set in a world run by a totalitarian theocracy, she said that she hadn't "invented anything," but taken her inspiration from fundamentalist Christianity in the United States, and the Islamic Revolution in Iran, among other things.In the context of the war on Afghanistan, Mary Adams wrote in World Literature Today that there is a need to "reread The Handmaid's Tale after the Taliban:" For those of us who read The Handmaid Tale … [Read more...]

Fair and Balanced: the BBC Burqa Debates

In the wake of the Sarkozy-Burqa fiasco, last week the BBC radio aired a show on the Women’s Hour program discussing the topic. It is definitely worth a listen, as two strong viewpoints are voiced. The presenter, Jane is joined by Um Abdullah, who wears the burqa and Maryam Namazie, who wants it banned. Emma Jane-Kirby, the BBC's Correspondent in France, explains the background.Kirby first provided a summary of Sarkozy’s speech and brought up very pertinent points surrounding his statements; mo … [Read more...]

How Do You Soak Yours: Burqa Apparently Soaked in Blood

This originally appeared on Safiya's blog Outlines.A lot of the discourse of Muslim women both here and elsewhere concerns the battle to speak for ourselves. To define our religion, our beliefs on our terms, without the headpatting and correcting of outsiders. Fatemeh’s post at Altmuslimah gives a thorough outline of the usual mistakes made by those who seek to defend Muslim women, without actually listening to them.How disappointing to view an article on The Guardian website, Rahila Gupta h … [Read more...]


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