Playing the Victim: Media Coverage of Marwa el-Sherbini

This was written by Beverly M. Weber for Muslimah Media Watch.“She became a victim of Islamophobia and xenophobia.  She responded with dignity and exemplary civil courage.” - Plaque in memorial to Marwa el-Sherbini, located in the foyer of the Saxony Provincial Court The murder of Marwa el-Sherbini in July 2009 sparked an intense, long-overdue discussion about Islamophobia and racism in Germany.  These discussions have often included critical attention to the media’s role in creating negative … [Read more...]

Marwa El Sherbini Did Not Die For Her Hijab, So Please Stop Saying That She Did

Marwa El Sherbini is in the ground away from those who love her most.She did not want to die, she did not choose to die.She was murdered.In Germany the Muslim community is ethnically homogeneous, with the vast majority being of Turkish ethnicity. Even without her headscarf, her coloring and ethnicity means that Marwa would have still looked like an 'Auslander' and a Muslim one at that.Yet, all over the media she is dubbed as the Headscarf Martyr or the Hijab Martyr, meaning that the … [Read more...]

Living in Denial: The Tragic Murder of Marwa el-Sherbini

By now many Muslims have heard of the tragic murder of Marwa el-Sherbini, mother, daughter, wife, pharmacist, who lived in Germany while her husband completed his Ph.D. May God give her peace and grant her paradise.According to the BBC: Marwa Sherbini, 31, was stabbed 18 times by Axel W, who is now under arrest in Dresden for suspected murder. Husband Elwi Okaz is also in a critical condition in hospital, after being injured as he tried to save his wife. Ms Sherbini had sued her killer after … [Read more...]