Uneasy Solidarity and the Hijab

As the debate on Quebec’s Charter of Secularism (formally the unaptly named Charter of Values) rages on, two Montreal professors wore the hijab to demonstrate their solidarity with Muslim women. In short, the Charter of Values in Quebec is a proposed law that bans the visibility of religious symbols - hijabs, kippa, crosses, turbans - in public spaces. Effectively, if the law passes, anyone employed by and paid through the public purse may be disallowed from wearing anything that could be c … [Read more...]

World Hijab Day: Everyone’s Favourite Dress-Up Day

This post was written by guest contributor Shireen Ahmed. A version of this post was previously posted on her blog.Every year there are a group of women who celebrate, support and participate in World Hijab Day. This year February 1, 2013 marked the day where women all over the world would be “invited” to wear a scarf on their head in solidarity with Muslim sisters across the globe.This phenomenon has garnered much attention. It has exploded through social media and has been embraced by M … [Read more...]

No need to go undercover to get to know Muslims

Salam alaikum, readers! I'm traveling for the next week, and your regularly scheduled Friday Links will be temporarily on hold. But I've scheduled some wonderful articles for you in my absence. Friday Links will be back in a few weeks; in the meantime, enjoy! --FatemehThis post was written by Shazia Kamal. An edited version of this essay was published at AltMuslimah.I appreciate Cassidy Herrington stepping out of her comfort zone, or as she said it, “climbing out of [the placating, s … [Read more...]

Rediscovering “Undercover”: Cassidy Herrington and Hijab Tourism

Kentucky Kernel writer Cassidy Herrington wore the hijab for the entire month of October. She wrote about her experience in a column published on October 31, 2010. Many of us have seen the column make it rounds in our Facebook feeds, and so the ladies of MMW sat down to share their thoughts.Azra: Hijabi tourism—it’s the easy, low-cost getaway to appear Muslim and “learn more about your place in the world.”  The problem here, though, is that Herrington fails to realize that the “gauze scarf” … [Read more...]