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A year after she was elected as the Female Muslim MP in Malawi parliament, Aisha Mambo has vowed to use her new role to advocate for a larger representation of Muslim women in the country.Leading Muslim Organization Campaigns for Women-Friendly Mosques, calling on mosques across the country to be more inclusive of women.Nearly all women in Egypt, whose population is 90% Muslim, wear a veil. So it would seem foolish for any Egyptian business to exclude covered women. Yet that is exactly … [Read more...]

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Muslim women in Morocco are demanding a female-only beach so they can enjoy the summer weather without having to worry about keeping their bodies covered.A progressive Mumbai-based Muslim women's group has published a survey whose findings are so stark that they should, finally, put an end to any further debate on the urgent need to reform the Muslim Personal Law in order to protect women from its continued abuse.Officials have told the BBC that contrary to recent announcements, the … [Read more...]

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Seven Muslim women from around the world are bicycling across Iowa as a way of "promoting female sports participation as a fundamental right". The 470-mile ride, featuring 8,500 cyclists, began July 19 and finished July 25. In the last year and a half, as turmoil in Ukraine has dominated the news media’s attention, a group of young Moscovite Muslims saw a new window of opportunity to change perceptions by making Muslims the "trendsetters in fashion." Adila Matra writes a … [Read more...]

A Letter to Mona Eltahawy on “Headscarves and Hymens”

Dear Mona,Some of my fellow Muslimah Media Watch writers put together a roundtable about their thoughts on your book, and as I read it, I decided to explore some of their ideas and thoughts further. This review in the form of a letter stems from the need to address not only the book itself, but also the themes that are the core of your work in general.“Headscarves and Hymens” is a personal book. In fact, the information in this book is at times so intimate that you explain, “I have had to … [Read more...]

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Nadia Manzoor is on a crusade to use humor and honesty to talk about the challenges she faced as a young Muslim immigrant coming of age in the US, through a web comedy series called "Shugs and Fats." The French government is under growing pressure to make a clear ruling on whether schoolgirls can wear long skirts in state schools, after sending home around 150 Muslim girls for turning up in long skirts or robes.Atheela Abdulla is not the first woman IAS officer in the state, but … [Read more...]

A Roundtable on Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens


We will soon have a full review of Mona Eltahawy's Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. In the meantime, here is a discussion on the book by three of our writers.Sya: What's up with books about "the Middle East and North Africa" that are about female genitals, one way or another?Tasnim: The title reminded me of Shereen El Feki’s Sex and the Citadel. Having read both books, I feel Sex and the Citadel (reviewed here by Sya) was much better than H … [Read more...]

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England's first women-only mosque will open in Bradford, a 19th-century industrial boomtown and one of the most heavily Muslim-populated cities in the U.K., the Muslim Women’s Council announced.House of Fraser is now selling sports hijabs that are designed for women to wear while doing exercise, including swimming. According to the Daily Mail, It follows a move by John Lewis last year to sell hijab school uniforms. Congo-Brazzaville, a Central African nation, has banned women f … [Read more...]