Long Skirts aren’t “secular” enough in France

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I write a lot about France and its national psychosis over headscarves. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the 2004 law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols. I lived there as a hijabi for almost five years. So it is safe to say nothing really involving France and headscarves shocks me any more. Until recently.One of the typical elements of the headscarf ban in schools is that women can’t wear headbands greater than a certain width, or caps, or hats, you know, because it might be t … [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...]

Recent Muslimish News Coverage in the Geneva Daily Le Temps

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 Le Temps is the French part of Switzerland’s newspaper of record, and one of the newspapers I read daily. I am a huge fan of their literature section, I have acquaintances who work there, and (full disclosure) I have even had the honor of being citied in that paper. So in other words, I usually enjoy Le Temps’ news coverage. One of the things that has been bothering me lately, which has also been a running theme in my recent MMW posts, is the way Swiss media and pol … [Read more...]

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Tajik state television has aired a documentary that alleges that prostitutes in the country have been wearing Islamic veils to earn more money. Once a month, Muslim women gather in a bright open space inside a brick building near downtown Los Angeles. They come for jumu'ah or Friday prayer. This "all women's mosque" has been described as an unconventional. Pakistani kids will finally meet homegrown heroes, when the first Pakistani animated feature is out this … [Read more...]

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In an interview with the Huffington Post, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, CEO of Muslimgirl.net, explains how Muslim women are 'spoken over by the public' and their voices 'ignored.'In a rare protest in Afghanistan's male-dominated society, female rights activists in Kabul carry coffin of a woman beaten to death for allegedly burning Quran to graveyard.A Muslim woman left severely shaken by a physical and verbal assault on a packed Sydney train this week believes she was targeted because of her … [Read more...]

A proposed headscarf ban in the Swiss Canton of Valais

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 So apparently Swiss politicians, lacking in creativity, have nothing better to do than copy what is going on in France. After the burqa ban in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino and some local issues in the German-speaking cantons, the latest part of Switzerland to jump on the “policing women’s clothing” bandwagon is the Canton of Valais. In an article in the Geneva daily Le Temps, a delegate from the Swiss Socialist Party was quoted as asking if there was really a reason to vote … [Read more...]

Review – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s Refusing the Veil

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Yasmin Alibhai-Brown’s Refusing the Veil, part of the Provocations series by Biteback publishing, is a very short, refreshingly honest book about why the author thinks Muslim women should give up wearing the veil, in all its various forms, so that they can be liberated women in the 21st century.The book begins with a list of all the possible words for veil. It proceeds, taking a conversational tone with very occasional academic flourishes but a merciful lack of jargon, in three parts. The f … [Read more...]


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