Friday Links

British Pakistani Azi Ahmed has written a book called 'World’s Apart', about her experience as a Muslim training to join the SAS (Special Air Service).Julia Hartley Brewer investigates the motivations of British Muslim women who are joining Isis, arguing that they are seeking "freedom" from family members who control their lives, expecting them to "live in the Wes without enjoying many of its freedoms." Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has been criticised for her "revealing" leot … [Read more...]

Slim Peace: Bringing Muslim and Jewish Women Together

After gaining a few pounds during the holidays, I became convinced that I had to either join a gym or look for an exercise group within my area. It was then that I came across an interesting article that did not only draw my attention, but also troubled me a little.A few days ago the Boston Herald published Jill Radsken’s piece titled “Jewish, Muslim women work together to achieve Slim Peace.” The article discusses Yael Luttwak’s project:  Slim Peace. Luttwak, who has been interviewed for her … [Read more...]

The Answer to Their Prayers: Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a documentary about the women's peace movement in Liberia, during the conflict between Charles Taylor's government and the warlords of Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). It was directed by Gini Reticker, who has directed several other documentaries about women in Africa, including a film about the first female graduates from an imam academy in Morocco. Her experience shows as she manages to avoid all the usual pitfalls outsiders usually make … [Read more...]

Hope from Whom and for Whom? Palestine as a Muslim Cause

Israel's war on the Palestinians may be over for now, but the conflict remains. About a week and a half ago, I received an email from a wonderful organization, Jewish Voice for Peace, asking me to sign onto a letter to President Obama asking him to create a just foreign policy regarding Israel and Palestine. The title of the email was "Hope," obviously referencing President's Obama's slogan, and the artistic effects of the pictures accompanying the email mirrored Obama's now internationally … [Read more...]