Burqa Woman Blunder? Saad Haroon’s Parody

Parts of the blogosphere appear to be in a tizzy over a recent parody of Roy Orbison’s classic “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Now a hit on YouTube, Saad Haroon’s “Burqa Woman,” tells the story of a young man’s fumbling attempt to woo a woman in abaya and niqab, who, after much cajoling, reciprocates amorously via text message.  Modern technology appears to connect the two lovers in a country where public displays of affection and mixed social gatherings are generally frowned upon.Saad Haroon is a Pakist … [Read more...]

Rediscovering “Undercover”: Cassidy Herrington and Hijab Tourism

Kentucky Kernel writer Cassidy Herrington wore the hijab for the entire month of October. She wrote about her experience in a column published on October 31, 2010. Many of us have seen the column make it rounds in our Facebook feeds, and so the ladies of MMW sat down to share their thoughts.Azra: Hijabi tourism—it’s the easy, low-cost getaway to appear Muslim and “learn more about your place in the world.”  The problem here, though, is that Herrington fails to realize that the “gauze scarf” … [Read more...]

Right Answer, Wrong Reason: Why “Muslim” Is Not A Halloween Costume

Just in time for Halloween, the Toronto Star's ethics columnist, Ken Gallinger (whose columns I enjoy), received a question from a parent: We are a Christian family. Our daughter, 7, goes to a school where there are many Muslim kids. Some of their moms walk them to school in burqas. My daughter is fascinated by these mysterious “costumes” and says she wants to go out on Halloween as a “Muslim lady.” Do I let her?Gallinger's first remark ("Absolutely not") and his concluding paragraph (which I' … [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...]

M.I.A.’s Niqab: Costume or Comment?

For Spike TV's "Scream 2010" Awards, M.I.A. wore a niqab. There's another image here.Discuss.Thanks to Jezebel for the tip. … [Read more...]

Does NiqaBitch Enrich the Burqa Ban Debate?

With articles in Der Spiegel, Rue89, The Telegraph, and a YouTube video in recent weeks, the two self-described web-activists called Niqabitch are making a splash in the French (and European) media landscape. As they said themselves in the Rue89 article, throwing on a burqa in protest of France’s burqa ban would be “too simple.” They wanted to see what would happen by mixing things up a bit and throwing together a niqab with a miniskirt.So the ladies of MMW got together and discussed our feel … [Read more...]

A Little Old Lady vs. A Burqa-Clad Mob: The Sweden Democrats’ Banned Campaign Ad

A political ad that portrays a pensioner hobbling forward for a share of the national budget only to be overtaken by a crowd of burqa-clad women pushing baby carriages has been rejected by a Swedish TV channel on the grounds that it promotes religious hatred.The campaign ad for the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) party begins with a number signifying Sweden's national budget rapidly decreases onscreen, while a female voice over notes that "all policies are about prioritizing." As the number … [Read more...]


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