Friday Links

AfghanistanAfghan rights activist Aziza Rahimzada has been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize - an award previously won by Malala Yousafzai - and, like her Pakistani counterpart, hopes to spread her message of universal education and fundamental rights for Afghanistan’s youth.AustraliaA man attacked a 21-year-old Muslim woman outside the State Library of Victoria. The man then reportedly held a knife at a Muslim boy, 16, who tried to intervene. Although the police … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Linda Sarsour is a woman in a hurry. Only 35, she has already helped to partly dismantle the New York Police Department’s program of spying on the city’s Muslims and has worked with officials in City Hall to close public schools for the observance of two of Islam’s most important holy days. The New York Times writes a special profile on Sarsour.Inside Behpooshi Modelling School in Tehran, models-to-be learn to pose and catwalk in accordance with Iranian law. The Middle East Eye highlights Ira … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Following Malak Kazan's lawsuit, the Police Department has announced that it will be implementing a new policy for women who wear a religious headscarfIn case you haven't had enough, here is another story on Muslim women fashion bloggers breaking stereotypes The BBC asks how  London's young Muslims view the 7/7 attacks, interviewing a group of teenage girls who barely remember the events.A Spanish woman has been arrested by police in Lanzarote on allegations she recruited teenage gi … [Read more...]

Who Can Talk About Palestinian Misogyny?

Palestinian rap group Dam’s latest song “Who You Are,” featuring newest member Maysa Daw tackles misogyny and “make believe feminism.” As one of the groups members, Tamer Nafer, puts it: we need to “criticize the hypocritical part of our society, which likes to play ‘make believe feminism’ from time to time.”This is not the first Dam song that tackles misogyny– an earlier song, “If I could go back in time” featuring Amal Murkus, was about honor killing in Palestine, sparking a debate about wh … [Read more...]

Undermining the Justice of Sharia, from Granting Divorce to Female Breadwinners

A couple of weeks ago I came across this BBC Panorama  story on “Women at risk” which warns that “some Sharia councils in Britain may be putting Muslim women "at risk" by pressuring them to stay in abusive marriages.” The story presents a case of a couple going to one of the Sharia councils for the judge to decide if the woman can have a divorce, the wife accusing her husband of “refusing to work, ignoring the children and verbally abusing her.” The couple had been coming to the council for a yea … [Read more...]

North American Muslim Women, Post-Divorce

This post was written by guest contributor Deonna Kelli Sayed.Divorce is a growing challenge for North American Muslim communities, as well as in Muslim societies around the world.  Part of that challenge is a lack of understanding regarding Muslim female experiences post-divorce.Thoughtful, researched dialogue exists concerning legal issues impacting divorce among Muslims in North America, for example, as there are unique legal, social and cultural realities impacting these … [Read more...]

A Review of Suzy Ismail’s When Muslim Marriage Fails

It is said that in Islam, marriage is half the faith.  Yet marriages are increasingly breaking down in divorce or marriage in name only, and examples of healthy marriages in keeping with our deen are becoming scarcer. I was curious to read Suzy Ismail’s When Muslim Marriage Fails--I wondered, do Muslim marriages fail for the same reasons as non-Muslim marriages?  Before reading this book, I was inclined to say yes.  This well-written book was a stark insight into marriage issues facing American M … [Read more...]