“Not Even Birthday Cake?” Or, Coping With (Non-Muslims’) Reactions to Ramadan

gorgeous calligraphy, created by cruel uncultured barbarians no doubt.

This guest post by Nahida was originally published at the fatal feminist.When I was small, my schoolyard friends would gasp in shock at the idea of going without food or water for as long as a drop of sunlight hit the pavement. (“All day?” they’d marvel with the same tone that they’d ask, “You run THAT fast?”) Pleased with the astonished reaction, I would boast that not only could I abstain an entire day without complaints, but I had already done it not once but twice. (“Did you die?” ask … [Read more...]

Qatar’s Modest Proposal: Dignity or Diversion?

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Originally published at Aquila Style.Qatar has revived a modesty campaign dating from 2012, when it was known as “One of us” and originally started by a group of Qatari women.[i] Due to be relaunched on 20 June 2014 – just in time for Ramadan – as “Reflect your respect”, the campaign is targeting public spaces with flyers and a social media poster showing various dress choices.[ii] Four stick bodies represent clothing choices that are deemed unacceptably immodest for revealing shoulders, arms … [Read more...]

“Hijabi Experiments”: Are They Enough to Change America’s Perception on Hijab?

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Every time we think this discussion about hijab and burqas has ended, the internet surprises us with new horizons on the issue. I was checking my Facebook the other day, and a video caught my attention because of its title. It was called "Hijabi Experiments." I am not a big fan of watching such videos, but this particular one, originally posted in December 2013, had about three million views, so I thought there must be something different with it.I have to say: I was disappointed. The … [Read more...]

The Art of “Guilt-ing” Muslim Women into (Un)Covering

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I am not a hijabi. My choice is not religious or political, but rather cultural. Upon my conversion to Islam, it didn’t take too long before I was asked when I would wear hijab, and I was taught how to “properly” wear it. I must admit that I contemplated it for a couple of years. In my community in Northern Alberta, hijab-wearing converts had access to a whole different level of community relationships.However, the more time passed, the more I realized that hijab was not for me. I had no … [Read more...]

Mothering in an Age of Gendered Islamophobia

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This post was originally published at wood turtle.This is the second post in my series on the media stereotyping of Muslim women.While some media argue that (identifiable) Muslim women are more likely to suffer Islamophobic attacks than men, I also recognize that Muslim men and non-Muslim men are also recipients of racial and anti-Muslim violence.This post looks specifically at Gendered Islamophobia as targeted toward mothers and their families. ---Before she was even old enoug … [Read more...]

Veil Stereotypes: Constructing and Distorting Muslim Women

A screen capture of a Google image search for “Muslim women.”

This post was first published at wood turtle.Last summer I spoke at a conference about some of the media stereotyping of Muslim women and the consequences that negative images and Islamophobia have on Muslim women and their families.Over a series of posts I’ll be sharing some of my research looking at the various ways Muslim women and mothers are presented by media, how this effects women’s relationships to their families, religion and Selves, and how women are in turn, responding to thes … [Read more...]

Are Converts News?

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Growing up in Mexico, I had a very rudimentary understanding of religion and religious diversity. While the national census showed that about 80% of Mexicans practiced Catholicism, I was raised an atheist. My parents, born Catholics, had left religion during their teenage years for various reasons. My paternal grandfather (who was never really religious either) still likes to tell his story: His grandmother had a painting of Virgin Mary in the living room and would tell my grandpa to say a small … [Read more...]


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