Ms. Marvel Reviewed

Can a young American, Muslim woman who discovers her superpowers change the way Muslim women are perceived in the United States?My knowledge of comics is limited to what is presented in mainstream film incarnations—who among us hasn’t seen one of the many films that portray superheroes onscreen? Those cosmic tales where protagonists (predominantly male, of course) appeal to so many for the escape of life’s misfortunes—that ability to transcend the everyday drudgery through spectacular feats, … [Read more...]

MMW Roundtable: Responding to Randa Jarrar’s “Why I Can’t Stand White Bellydancers”

Last week, Salon published Randa Jarrar’s “Why I Can’t Stand White Bellydancers” as part of their “feminists of color” series curated by Roxane Gay. The response to her post has been overwhelming, including responses from dudes at the Washington Post and The Atlantic to G. Willow Wilson’s response at her blog. We’ve been exchanging emails back and forth here ourselves at MMW. The following is our edited take on events: Fatemeh: Have you seen Randa Jarrar’s “Why I Can’t Stand White Bellydancers” … [Read more...]

Book Review: G. Willow Wilson’s Alif the Unseen

Back in 2010, I was so excited for the chance to review G. Willow Wilson’s memoir The Butterfly Mosque, where she explored her move to Egypt, conversion to Islam, and relationship with her husband. Here’s what I had to say about The Butterfly Mosque in 2010: Muslim women are presented in an Islamic society not as subservient to patriarchal culture, but instead as strong, empowered individuals capable of deciding how they lead their lives within a religious and cultural framework.  That the memo … [Read more...]

G. Willow Wilson: On Women, the Media, and Islam

Editor's Note: Readers, since this has been a busy week of travel for me, I haven't been able to put together a regular Friday links. But we've got a treat for you! Enjoy Raaz's interview with G. Willow Wilson!In The Butterfly Mosque, G. Willow Wilson presents her own personal experience of her conversion to Islam and evolving understanding of womanhood, relationships, media, and culture.  I had a chance to review her memoir and interview her.  Here are my five questions with author G. Willow W … [Read more...]

Book Review: G. Willow Wilson’s The Butterfly Mosque

After reading Ali Eteraz’s Children of Dust, I bemoaned the lack of examples in literature—and even in the public discourse—of healthy relationships and interactions between Muslim men and women.  In films, literature, the blogosphere, and even in the everyday interactions of Muslims, interactions (especially romantic relationships) are often presented in a negative light: Muslim women must accept arranged marriages as a matter of course, relationships between men and women are devoid of romant … [Read more...]