The Art of “Guilt-ing” Muslim Women into (Un)Covering

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I am not a hijabi. My choice is not religious or political, but rather cultural. Upon my conversion to Islam, it didn’t take too long before I was asked when I would wear hijab, and I was taught how to “properly” wear it. I must admit that I contemplated it for a couple of years. In my community in Northern Alberta, hijab-wearing converts had access to a whole different level of community relationships.However, the more time passed, the more I realized that hijab was not for me. I had no … [Read more...]

Grey Zones of #letsamahplay

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Crossposted from Tumblr. I have been sent @DivineDavis’ recent popular tweet - complete with the hashtag #letsamahplay - many, many times. It involves a girls’ soccer team and hijab used in protest of an unfair rule. My family and friends thought I might have missed it. Perhaps they thought I might be excited by it. Or grateful.Because the hashtag implied the all-important issue of a woman not being allowed to play, I was interested. But, I was perplexed. I had about 500 que … [Read more...]

Not in Our Name: Muslim Women and the Quebec Charter

Quebecers protest the Charter of Secularism. [Source].

A few weeks ago, I spoke as part of a panel at the University of Ottawa about the Quebec Charter of Secularism, speaking both as Editor-in-Chief of Muslimah Media Watch and as a founding member of the Collective of Muslim Feminists of Quebec.  This is an edited version of my talk, updated to reflect shifts in the political context in the time since it was first presented (notably the announcement last week that Quebec will be holding provincial elections on April 7).  Many thanks to the Muslim L … [Read more...]

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the second post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence.This post looks specifically at Gendered Islamophobia as targeted toward mothers and their families. ---Before she was even old enoug … [Read more...]

Veil Stereotypes: Constructing and Distorting Muslim Women

A screen capture of a Google image search for “Muslim women.”

This post was first published at wood turtle.Last summer I spoke at a conference about some of the media stereotyping of Muslim women and the consequences that negative images and Islamophobia have on Muslim women and their families.Over a series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my research looking at the various ways Muslim women and mothers are presented by media, how this effects women’s relationships to their families, religion and Selves, and how women are in turn, responding to thes … [Read more...]

Britain and the Veil: From Jack Straw to Jeremy Browne

Jeremy Browne. [Source].

The debate about whether or not “we” should have a debate about banning “veils” has returned – or maybe it would be more accurate to say that the volume has been raised, since this is a debate that seems to have been running in the background for most of the last decade. The amount of material on this topic is huge and seemingly endless, and the interest in rehashing the debate seems excessive, given that the face veil is worn by a tiny minority of the minority of Muslim women in the West. … [Read more...]

One-Dimensional Hijab Stories

Image from the Hijab Stories tvOne Twitter feed.

In a previous post, I talked a little about the 99 Hijab Stories book and why the idea of the book made me squirm.I don’t know how succesful the book has been, but it certainly has generated enough hype that a few months later an Indonesian TV channel announced that it would air (*drumroll*) a TV show “inspired by the book”.The basic idea of the show is pretty much similar to the book: hijab-wearing public figures will be invited to the talk show to talk about why they wear the hijab … [Read more...]


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