A Letter to Mona Eltahawy on “Headscarves and Hymens”

Dear Mona,Some of my fellow Muslimah Media Watch writers put together a roundtable about their thoughts on your book, and as I read it, I decided to explore some of their ideas and thoughts further. This review in the form of a letter stems from the need to address not only the book itself, but also the themes that are the core of your work in general.“Headscarves and Hymens” is a personal book. In fact, the information in this book is at times so intimate that you explain, “I have had to … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Warner Bros. Studios officials allegedly told two Muslim women wearing headscarves they could not sit in the front row of ‘The Real’ because they should not be seen on camera.Unveiled is a play that focuses on the struggles of five Muslim women learning to live in the post 9/11 world. It will be presented in Suisun City, California. Have you heard about the Halal Shops opening here and there? Now there is one which will open in Mecca, and the goal is to challenge stereotypes abo … [Read more...]

#ListenNotSave – Niqab in Canada

Source.

     Last month Canadian social media went wild with covering puns and jabs at the extraordinarily Islamophobic leader of the government, Prime Minister Harper. The Harper Government are challenging a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada that allows Ms. Zunera Ishaq to wear her niqab at her Canadian Citizenship ceremony.  A ruling that Harper insists he will challenge. According to the Prime Minister, Ms.Ishaq’s choice to wear niqab, as a practice of … [Read more...]

On Sex Work and “Muslimness” as a Fetish

Mia Khalifa via Genius.com

Before I go right into this post, I think I should make some things clear. This is not a post about the “moral” or religious side of sex work. In fact, very much the opposite. It is rather an analysis of how sex work is depicted in intersection with Muslim identity and traditionally Muslim garments like the hijab and the niqab.You will note that I use the term “sex work” rather than prostitution, which from some perspectives is a colonial term meant to target Indigenous women in countries lik … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Afghan women carry body of lynched woman to burial. Source.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, CEO of Muslimgirl.net, explains how Muslim women are 'spoken over by the public' and their voices 'ignored.'In a rare protest in Afghanistan's male-dominated society, female rights activists in Kabul carry coffin of a woman beaten to death for allegedly burning Quran to graveyard.A Muslim woman left severely shaken by a physical and verbal assault on a packed Sydney train this week believes she was targeted because of her … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Various papers have been covering Canada's niqab controversy after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper  said that the niqab is rooted in "anti-women" culture, with some Muslim women responding, saying they choose to wear the niqab out of religious obligation. Germany's Constitutional Court has lifted a ban on female Muslim teachers wearing headscarves.  The Telegraph writes about hip-hop hijabis. In relation to Harper's comments, Monia Mazigh writes about how the bodies of Muslim women a … [Read more...]

No Culture for Niqabis

Part of the infographic produced by Libération.

The French "niqab" ban (burqa ban, whatever ban…call it what you will) of October 2010 has not faded away from the public consciousness in France at all. What I had originally hoped was just right-wing propaganda has turned out to be, since its entry into force in April 2011, part and parcel of a unique French interpretation of democracy and a revisionist version of French secularism, or laïcité. What started as laïcité was a series of what were originally anti-Catholic laws in 1882 and 1905, whi … [Read more...]


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