A Creeping Sharia Freakout: How France’s latest “Muslim Problem” Really Wasn’t One

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As is usually the case in France, any time anything happens where Muslims could even remotely be involved, it becomes a media circus - any time is a good time to talk about how “Muslims want it their way” or how “Muslims don’t want to integrate.”Last week, a 21 year old woman in a public park in the city of Reims was apparently assaulted by Muslim women for wearing a bikini in public. Several news outlets picked up on the story, including my personal favorite, the Daily Mail (whether that is … [Read more...]

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...]

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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Afghan women carry body of lynched woman to burial. Source.

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...]


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