A Roundtable on Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens

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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...]

Friday Links

How to keep a hijab on when skydiving in Dubai? A Canadian female skydiving instructor discusses how Muslim women can experience all the excitement in the emirate of Dubai. What made a young Australian lady defend a Muslim woman against a racial rant? A viral video shows a Muslim couple as victims of a hateful rant. Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge in UK suggests. Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, says that judges … [Read more...]

Nigerian Female Pilgrims Detained in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian women on hajj. Image via BBC News.

Two weeks ago, a dispute erupted between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria over the former's detainment of more than 1,000 women purported to be travelling for hajj without appropriate male chaperones.It started on Monday, September 24, when a number of Nigerian women were prevented from entering into Saudi Arabia after landing King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. Subsequent flights into Jeddah’s international airport resulted in more women between the ages of 25 and 35 been stopped and d … [Read more...]


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