Gender, Race and Muslim-Latin Solidarity


In Mexico City there is a neighbourhood called Santa María La Ribera. The area was an affluent neighbourhood during the 19th and early 20th centuries; however, since the 50s it has become more of a lower-middle class vicinity. Yet, the old mansions remain as a permanent reminder of the city’s aristocratic history.At the centre of this neighborhood there is a 19th century kiosk in the mudéjar style. The kiosk was designed by a Mexican engineer and put together in the US just to be brought int … [Read more...]

5 Reasons Why Media Coverage of ‘Latina’ Converts Does Not Represent Me


This is not the first time I have discussed media coverage of ‘Latin’ Converts to Islam. In fact, I have written about how they are depicted in terms of their relationships, the ways in which Indigenous converts from Latin America puzzle the media, and how ‘Latina’ women are said to be the new face of Islam. The issue continues to be relevant today as coverage of ‘Latin’ converts is still prevalent. Now, let’s be honest. Articles written about ‘Latin,’ ‘Hispanic’ or Indigenous converts (often use … [Read more...]

Are “Latina” Muslim Women the New Face of Islam?


What do you think when you hear the word Latin? Or Latina, to be more exact? Spicy? Or perhaps “loud,” “flamboyant” and “sexy”? Maybe the word just inspires images of women like Salma Hayek and J-Lo. Many of us are, sadly, very familiar with the image of what “Latinas” are supposed to look like. Just think of bombshell Gloria from Modern Family, hyper-sexual Gabrielle Solis from Desperate Housewives or Michelle Rodríguez, the sexy tomboy, from Fast and Furious.As a Latin American woman, t … [Read more...]

Friday Links | September 2, 2011

It's been a busy Eid week, readers. We're sorry to divert from the normal Friday links, but are presenting a shortened version this week. We'll be back to our regular programming next week!A Latina fights stereotypes in her own community about what happens when a woman converts to Islam: "As soon as I started wearing [the hijab] I got a lot of stares," said Fikri, 27, who was raised as a Christian in East Harlem's Thomas Jefferson Houses and became a Muslim seven years ago."Even my own … [Read more...]

Erasing the Dichotomy: Positive Portrayals of Latina Muslims

Melinda wrote a while ago about negative media representation of Latina Muslim women.  She described a lot of the common one-dimensional assumptions attributed to Latina women who become Muslim, such as the idea that: in Latino culture, men are macho jerks and women are sex objects. In Islam, they are covered up and immediately respected. The author retells the woman’s decision to leave Catholicism for Islam, her experience putting on hijab, and the sad reactions of her family. If the journalist … [Read more...]