The Message International says NO! to Domestic Violence

In the past, I have been critical of Muslim organizations for their relative silence on issues affecting women. So I was pleasantly surprised when the entire February/March edition of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA)’s magazine, The Message International, was dedicated to domestic violence. The front cover was nice with a picture of street signs that read "NO! TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" . The release of the issue coincided with the tragic murder of Aasiya Hassan.To have a Muslim p … [Read more...]

Zine Scene: AQSAZINE’s First Issue

Last Thursday, I went to the launch of AQSAZINE, a project that describes itself as "a grassroots publication open to 16-35 year old women and trans people who self-identify as Muslim."  The theme of this first issue is "resistance & self defense," and it includes poetry, rants, articles and artwork on themes including war, occupation, homophobia, and racism.  The purpose and perspective of the zine comes through in this paragraph from a letter at the beginning of the first issue: If you’re t … [Read more...]

Alo Again: News Lifestyle Magazine is More of the Same

Last summer saw the launch of ALO Hayati, “America’s Top Middle Eastern Lifestyle Magazine.” Thanks to a gracious donor, I finally got my hands on a copy of the July 2008 issue.All lifestyle magazines have an aspirational feel to them, and this one was no different. Chock full of advertisements for Dubai hotels and Swiss watches, ALO wasn’t particularly different than any other lifestyle magazine. Considering the economic situation of magazines, it doesn’t seem like an incredibly auspicious tim … [Read more...]

The French Connection: France’s Newest Muslim Women’s Magazine

Muslimah Media Watch thanks Hijabtrendz for the tip!Those of you who speak French should go check out MWM, a new magazine for Muslim women, published in France.  It's first issue is free and currently online.  It seems like future issues will require a subscription, but their subscription section isn't up yet.The magazine introduces itself by saying: Today, the Muslim woman in the media is the archetype par excellence of the woman who is oppressed and condemned to a stereotyped r … [Read more...]