Visibility: On Muslim Women in Performance Arts

This post was written by guest contributor Rana Nazzal.I had the honour of speaking with three local Ottawa artists about their identity as Muslim women in relation to performance arts.A few years ago, I noticed a dramatic increase in the presence of Muslim women on stages in Ottawa, particularly in the fields of spoken word and slam poetry. I found their presence both welcoming and encouraging in a scene that may have otherwise been uncomfortable for myself and other Muslim … [Read more...]

Book Review: Miroirs et Mirages by Monia Mazigh

This post was written by Chelby Marie Daigle and originally published at The Woyingi Blog.Miroirs et mirages is the first novel by Tunisian Canadian Monia¬†Mazigh, who is better known for her work as a human rights activist. Mazigh¬†came to Canada in 1991 to study Finance in Montreal. She subsequently met and married her husband, Syrian-Canadian Maher Arar, started a family, and moved to Ottawa. When her husband was wrongfully rendered to Syria in the hysteria that followed 9/11, she c … [Read more...]