The Pink Hijab Day Blues

Pink Hijab Day

It's that time of year again: the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colour, my students are stressed about midterm season...  and for the past couple weeks, the Pink Hijab Day invitations have been popping up in my newsfeed.Pink Hijab Day is an annual event, taking place in October each year (this year’s was actually yesterday in most places).  According to the Global Pink Hijab Day 2012 Facebook event, the event “was intended to remove stereotypes of Muslim women by having M … [Read more...]

Powerful Actors or Oppressed “Others”?: Violent Muslim Women in the News

Iranian women dressed all in black. Via Global Post.

In recent news, Muslim women have been highlighted for their violent actions towards in men in their society.While comparing different articles reporting on the incident of the unnamed Iranian woman (whom I will refer to as the Bad Hijabi for convenience) who beat up the cleric who policed her for her “bad hijab,” I couldn't help but marvel at the remarkably imaginative accompanying photos:Okay, women in Iran wear black chadors, we get it. But there’s a class and ideol … [Read more...]

Hijab and Quebec’s Charter of Secularism

PQ leader Pauline Marois speaks to women in hijab while campaigning in early September. Photo via Reuters.

MMW is excited to welcome wood turtle as our newest contributor! You may know her already from previous guest posts or from her personal blog, and we look forward to having her as a regular part of the MMW team.Earlier this month, the Canadian province of Quebec elected its first female Premier. Headed by Pauline Marois, the Parti Québécois won a minority government after almost 10 years of Liberal rule. This election was also marked by accusations of xenophobia and racism, and ended drama … [Read more...]

Good Memories of Hijab and Ramadan

For most of us, Ramadan has always been linked to achieving spiritual goals, or spending some time with the family for Iftar or Suhoor.  One very special memory that the first day of Ramadan holds for me is beginning to wear hijab, three years ago.I had been thinking of putting it on since I was in college, which is around seven years ago, and I had read and watched people talking about this issue. One interesting show was running on Al Jazeera documentary channel in 2003 (as I remember), … [Read more...]

Hijab: A Muslim Woman’s only Achievement?

Source: badassmuslimahs.tumblr.com

As a person who interacts with a Western Muslim community that places great importance in women’s clothing and female modesty, I am rarely surprised by the focus on hijab as the sign of piety. Similarly, I have unfortunately gotten used to the obsession in some Western media with hijabs and black robes as symbols of oppression.  Hijab is everywhere. It is in my mosque, in my community, and in the media. However reading the multitude of recent media stories on hijab over the past few weeks, I was … [Read more...]

“The Light in Her Eyes” Sheds Some Light on the Women of Syria

Source: lbcinema.org

We are bombarded with images from Syria every day — flashing across our television screens and updating in our Facebook newsfeeds. They are horrific pictures of the carnage left in the aftermath of massacres. It has been over a year now since the beginning of the Syrian uprising and there seems to be no relief from the continuing assaults on the Syrian people. At a time when we risk becoming desensitized to this ongoing horror, it is important to truly see the people in the images playing out in … [Read more...]

The Right to Play or Creeping Sharia? FIFA Overturns its Headscarf Ban

Source: weareasia.com

FIFA has overturned its headscarf ban, enforced since 2007, on women playing soccer with their heads covered. Predictably, the French Football Federation issued an instant “this won’t happen here” communiqué, whereas Qatar, hosting the 2022 Olympics, commended the decision.FIFA’s decision has incited strong criticism online. All you have to do is read the comments in news articles (including the ones I have linked) or participate in discussions on social media (if you like coming face to face … [Read more...]


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