Another New MMW Contributor

Salam MMW readers!My name is Malika and I'm an American journalist who recently moved to the Gulf (Persian to some, Arabian to others). It's an incredibly interesting time to be living in a region that's still trying to determine what kind of place it wants to be. In the meantime, there are lots of fascinating critiques to be made on the representation of women in pop culture and in the media here as the region vacillates between Western tendencies and Eastern traditions, and I look forward … [Read more...]

The Hole Story: Sexual Abuse in a “Strict Muslim” Household

"Sexual Abuse in Islamic Society" is the title of a recently published BBC article.* Right away, I knew it wasn't going to be a good story (and by "good", I mean objective, balanced, etc.). "Islamic society," says the title, not an Islamic society, whatever that is. There is so much wrong with this BBC story and it's upsetting on so many levels, it's hard to know where to start.Here's the story: Fatima, who is 26, was raised in a "strict Islamic family" in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Her stepfather … [Read more...]


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