Responding to the Latest Attempts to Save Muslim Women from their Clothing

Note: Patheos is going through a site redesign at the moment, as you may have noticed, so we apologise in advance if there are any problems with how MMW is working this week!  We should be functioning normally soon.If my Facebook newsfeed is anything to go by, this story has reached possibly everyone who's interested in it already, but it's worth sharing anyway.  Last week, Adele Wilde-Blavatsky of The Feminist Wire published an article entitled "To Be Anti-Racist Is To Be Feminist: The H … [Read more...]

Hey Girl, You Got It Covered

Let's try for a little less of this...

The ladies of MMW recieved a link to this video on Twitter. For the videophobes and those who don't want their brain to melt and leak out of their ears, it is a song apparently about hijab called “You Got it Covered.” sampling of the lyrics is as follows: “girl, you’re more than just some skin and a fashion trend”“you remind me that you’re more than just a pretty face/ you remind me that you’re more than just a pr … [Read more...]

What Killed Shaima Alawadi?

This post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat.On March 24th, 2012, a 32-year-old Iraqi-American woman, Shaima Alawadi, passed away.  She been found three days earlier by her 17-year-old daughter, brutally beaten in her home with a note next to her that said, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” The story made national headlines, and drew many parallels with the story of Trayvon Martin, a young black man from Florida who was also recently killed for reasons involving race.  Ala … [Read more...]

I Wear the Hijab… So?

Last month, Egyptian journalist Dalia Rabie had an enlightening experience when she was banned from joining her own birthday party at one of Cairo’s fancy restaurants, L’Aubergine.Rabie relates that the guy standing on the door who stopped her asked her if the fact that she is – unfortunately – wearing hijab was mentioned prior to the reservation.Her response to those who always use the “It is a place that serves alcohol” excuse: “Some claim that the mere sight of a veiled girl at the ne … [Read more...]

Casting Call for Muslim Women

Have you ever dreamed of being a hijabi in couture, strutting the runway in the fashion metropolises of Milan, New York or Paris without having to unravel that scarf you hold dear?  Well, maybe you haven’t, but if you have, you’re in luck: thanks to Muslim fashion designer, Nailah Lymus, your dream may be in reach.In November, Eren wrote a great piece on Muslim and Arab women breaking onto the fashion scene, and discussed Lymus’ commitment to changing the industry. UNDERWRAPS is the first … [Read more...]

Had You Been A Muslim: Joumana Haddad and the Liberated Arab Woman

Cover of I Killed Scheherazade

When Lebanese writer and poet Joumana Haddad's I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of An Angry Arab Woman was published in 2010, it was described as a bold treatise, intentionally designed to be revolutionary, written in manifesto style. Recently, a revived interest has situated it in more superficial terms as "a provocative new book which "lifts the veil" on what the "Arab Spring" really means for women," with Haddad as the liberated Arab woman telling all about her unliberated sisters. In fact, … [Read more...]

MMW 2011 Year in Review: Head Coverings and Head-Shaking

As 2011 draws to a close, we at MMW are looking back at our year of posts.  For those who missed posts earlier in the year, or for those who want to look back through some of the things we wrote about, we’ll be going through some of those through the rest of this week.  On Wednesday, we started off with an overview of some of the news stories that we talked about in 2011; yesterday, we looked at books, movies, and television; and today will look at some of the more ridiculous stories that came up … [Read more...]