From Iranian Women to Egyptian Women?

Shortly after the results of the first stage of the Egyptian parliament elections, everyone started to freak out.  After the majority win of Islamist parties Al-Nahda party in Tunisia and the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Egypt, memories from Sudan in 1989, Gaza in 2006, and, most importantly, Iran in 1979 came to mind.Iranian women’s rights activists have been sending warning messages to women from both countries, including seminars dedicated to the topic.  Dr. Susan Rakhsh, an Ira … [Read more...]

You’re either with us, or you’re with the Islamists

I referred to this article in the comments section of my piece on the coverage around Samira Laouni's candidate for NDP MP of Montréal-Bourassa, but I thought it deserved its own post as well. I debated whether it was really worth talking about it, because I don't think that the author is really worth our time. However, I think that some of her comments are symptomatic of the ways that certain Muslims get listened to in our society and our media.The article focuses on an event in which … [Read more...]