Making Sense of “the Other”: A Review of Without Shame by Katherine Russell

I am not going to lie, I started reading Without Shame with some skepticism - and I have to confess that skepticism stemmed at least in part from the author's background and previous writing. Katherine Russell is a non-Muslim, white Western writer with a background in poetry and love stories. In 2006 she published a book on stories of people living with cystic fibrosis (endorsed by Celine Dion), but it was only recently that she started writing about “the other.” You can find her reflections on h … [Read more...]

Review of Brick Walls by Saadia Faruqi

Brick Walls by  Saadia Faruqi is a collection of seven short stories set in Pakistan, featuring a diverse cast of characters, from Asma, a widow struggling to feed her child, to the priveleged Rabia, who finds that wealth does not always protect women, to the precocious ten year old Nida, an aspiring cricketer who is not put off by being told that "only boys can play cricket."Subtitled Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan, the stories reminded me of the traditional genre of stories which … [Read more...]

Friday Links

British Pakistani Azi Ahmed has written a book called 'World’s Apart', about her experience as a Muslim training to join the SAS (Special Air Service).Julia Hartley Brewer investigates the motivations of British Muslim women who are joining Isis, arguing that they are seeking "freedom" from family members who control their lives, expecting them to "live in the Wes without enjoying many of its freedoms." Malaysian gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi has been criticised for her "revealing" leot … [Read more...]

Friday Links

How to keep a hijab on when skydiving in Dubai? A Canadian female skydiving instructor discusses how Muslim women can experience all the excitement in the emirate of Dubai. What made a young Australian lady defend a Muslim woman against a racial rant? A viral video shows a Muslim couple as victims of a hateful rant. Muslim women should be allowed to wear the veil in court, top judge in UK suggests. Lord Neuberger, the President of the Supreme Court, says that judges … [Read more...]

Friday Links

Tajik state television has aired a documentary that alleges that prostitutes in the country have been wearing Islamic veils to earn more money. Once a month, Muslim women gather in a bright open space inside a brick building near downtown Los Angeles. They come for jumu'ah or Friday prayer. This "all women's mosque" has been described as an unconventional. Pakistani kids will finally meet homegrown heroes, when the first Pakistani animated feature is out this … [Read more...]

Friday Links

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

A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights.A group of Afghan men have marched through the capital Kabul in burkas to draw attention to women's rights. Pakistani group "No Guts, No Heart, No Glory" hopes to change the way some media outlets depict Muslim women as oppressed and subservient, weak victims, or jihadi brides. Yasmeen Kamel writes about hiring policies that target Muslim women in the US, and discusses the court case … [Read more...]


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