France’s Jessica Houara

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This article, co-authored by Laurent Dubois (@soccerpolitics) and MMW's Shireen Ahmed, previously appeared in Sports Illustrated. A recent special issue of the French Surface Football Magazine includes this portrait of national team player Jessica Houara-d’Hommeaux. The photograph is an invitation, even an incitement. In contemporary France, the discussion about and policing of what Muslim women do and don’t wear is a national obsession, one of the most electric and illuminating debates in the … [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...]

#WhySheStayed and the American Muslim Community

This post was written by Laila Alawa (@lulainlife).A few weeks ago, the online world blew up in response to the allegations – and later, leaked video – of an American football player, Ray Rice, beating his then-fiancée into unconsciousness. Within the online Muslim American community, the topic was hotly discussed and debated. Nuances were examined, resources shared, and experiences spoken of, all with the intention of unpacking the complexities of the Rice incident. With the variety of organ … [Read more...]

Open Letter to Daphne Bramham on Women’s Soccer… and Burqas

I recently penned a letter to a Canadian journalist whose article was sent to me by a friend. For the most part, it was a  fantastic piece commenting on the funding inequalities of women in sports - particularly soccer. As a player, coach and supporter of women’s soccer. I was pleased to read it. Until the last paragraph of this intelligent, well researched articles plunged into a racist, Islamophobic, ridiculous abyss lined with veils. I responded on Twitter, addressing the author directly. Da … [Read more...]

Journey: Dialogue Between WoC Muslimah and Two White Women Working in Africa

Soccer at sunset. Still image from the film Veils and Cleats. [Source].

*WARNING: POSSIBLE CAVITY-INDUCING PIECE* I have a tale to tell. It’s a story about a youngish Muslimah woman of colour who happens to be a football fanatic. Synopsis: She comes across #hijabdesk-worthy Kickstarter initiative and critiques the project of two, privileged, white women working in Africa. Sounds familiar, right? You may think you know what happens next: said woman was ignored, as were her comments, questions and suggestions - as many of the voices of WoC are, until a nifty h … [Read more...]

Right 2 Wear: Muslim Women in Sports

The world of hijabs and soccer (or football, if you prefer) has been making the news a lot lately.  As you might remember, FIFA recently banned the Iranian women's team from playing, because of their headscarves.  Jordan's team has also recently been banned for the same reason.  And in the Montreal area, 15-year-old Sarah Benkirane was recently prevented from refereeing soccer games while wearing hijab.Muslimah Media Watch is joining up with a new campaign called Right 2 Wear, in support of th … [Read more...]

Score One for the BBC!

A couple of weeks of ago, the BBC featured a story on Kurdish women football teams. Two weeks later, the story is still on the front page of the Middle East section of the BBC News's website. I kept flirting with the whether or not to cover the story, but since it covers two issues that get little coverage in the same story--Muslimahs and sports--I decided it was worth looking at. The story itself had positive and negative points. By the time I finished reading it, I felt that someone at the BBC … [Read more...]


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