Muslimahs with disabilities need to you hold the lift door, not gawk at their mobility aids

A Singaporean news channel produced a series of Youtube videos featuring selected athletes with disabilities, or para-athletes. One featured athlete is Aishah Samad, a shooter who had to have all four of her limbs amputated after going into septic shock and contracting gangrene in the hospital on the way home from a trip to China.In the short 5-minute video, at least a fifth of the entire video focuses solely on footage of Aishah’s mobility aids. The video starts with a drawn-out shot of s … [Read more...]

In the Name of the Game(s) – Muslim Female Athletes at the 2012 London Olympics

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting. Image via the Toronto Star.

The 2012 London Olympics have had a strong focus on women: for the first time women will be competing in all sports and every country has sent at least one female athlete.While this does all look mighty good on paper, "male" sports remain overall more popular and male athletes are often better paid, make use of better facilities (flying business vs. flying coach) and receive more face time than their female counterparts. And while much of the attention female athletes receive is focused … [Read more...]