Qatar’s Modest Proposal: Dignity or Diversion?

Originally published at Aquila Style.Qatar has revived a modesty campaign dating from 2012, when it was known as “One of us” and originally started by a group of Qatari women.[i] Due to be relaunched on 20 June 2014 – just in time for Ramadan – as “Reflect your respect”, the campaign is targeting public spaces with flyers and a social media poster showing various dress choices.[ii] Four stick bodies represent clothing choices that are deemed unacceptably immodest for revealing shoulders, arms … [Read more...]

Book Review: Sophia Al-Maria’s “The Girl Who Fell To Earth”

The Girl who Fell to Earth is the coming-of-age story of a self-described “Qatarican” (Qatari/American) which takes the reader on a zig-zagging journey from a farm in Washington State to a Bedouin town in Qatar, and on to a houseboat on the Nile and the hustle and bustle of Cairo. The result is something very far from the usual “tone and content [of] the popular genre-memoirs of the victimized-Muslim-woman.”This book is rightly described as a memoir, but because it begins before the ambival … [Read more...]

Unfair Play: Doha Conference Sheds Light on Biased Images of Muslim Women in Western Media

This week in Doha, Qatar, the "East and West — Women in Media’s Eye" conference took place in Education City. The Peninsula and The Gulf Times both had pieces on the event. However, I was hard pressed to find any articles about the conference in any Western based, English language media outlet. Insha'Allah (God willing), this event will get more attention in some Western English language media outlets because the results definitely need to be heard not only by readers in the Gulf.Saadia Izz … [Read more...]

The Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow

Those of you who know me well know I'm not the most modest person in the world.For those of you who don't know me very well: I'm not the most modest person in the world.So when I tell you I've just spent the past couple of days feeling very, very small and tiny, you'll know that whatever made me feel that way must have been phenomenal.Well, it wasn't something. More like 300 someones.I was invited to join the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) conference in Doha, Qatar, which brought … [Read more...]