“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 … [Read more...]

Apple and its Islamophobic Thesaurus

Apple Computer’s 1997 “Think different” campaign. Image courtesy of Apple. Source: Wired.com

This post was written by guest contributor Arwa Aburawa. About a week ago, I was sitting in a cafe talking to a new acquaintance about racism. The person in question had worked on issues of race and racism for some time and I would say is a lot more clued up about the tensions and insidious forms of racism than I am. Even so, I was a little shocked to hear her say that she preferred the outward racism of her childhood than today's hidden-behind-a-smile-racism. Personally, I didn't want to go … [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 … [Read more...]

Responding to the Goatmilk Debates on Islam and Feminism: Part Two

Recently, the “Goatmilk” blog hosted a debate, with the resolution: Islam is Incompatible with Feminism.  Speaking for the motion was Mohamad Tabbaa, and opposing it was Katrina Daly Thompson. Not surprisingly, several MMW writers had something to say in response.  The reactions of Syma, Nicole, and Eren are shared here in two parts.  You can find Part One here. Eren: Tabbaa talks about feminism but fails to make it clear that feminism is not a monolithic body, and arguably, is … [Read more...]

Responding to the Goatmilk Debates on Islam and Feminism: Part One

Recently, the “Goatmilk” blog hosted a debate, with the resolution: Islam is Incompatible with Feminism.  Speaking for the motion was Mohamad Tabbaa, and opposing it was Katrina Daly Thompson. Not surprisingly, several MMW writers had something to say in response.  The reactions of Syma, Nicole, and Eren are shared here in two parts. Syma: I took the liberty of mapping out Tabbaa’s argument as to why Islam and feminism are incompatible, and it certainly seems like a straw-man … [Read more...]

The Fourth Annual International Congress On Islamic Feminism

In late October, this year’s Fourth Annual International Congress on Islamic Feminism was held in Madrid, Spain. The conference encompassed Islamic feminism in Palestine, America, Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia and Pakistan, inviting speakers from various backgrounds to explain what it means to be an Islamic feminist and how this role has manifested itself in various cultural and national settings to bring about a positive change for Muslim women. Among the participants were Zahira Kamal, former … [Read more...]

Is Muslim Feminism More Than Just a Hijab Defense?

There may be 1,001 Muslim feminist critiques on the European burqa ban and its attendant jokes and jibes, insults, and ridiculousness. But what should remain clear is that we Muslim feminists are not just about the hijab. The recent discussion on LGBT acceptance on MMW revealed the cracks in the Muslim “sisterhood” and it began with a post on gay Muslim women in Indonesia. Homosexuality and Islam has always been a divisive topic, a topic that leaves many in breathless contempt for the LGBT … [Read more...]


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