A Satiric Guide to Writing About Muslims

Muslimah Media Watch thanks Faisal Kutty for the tip.This was written by both Krista and Sobia.Before we start, we want to take a minute to remember and honour Aqsa Parvez as a person and not just as a topic of debate. A lot of the writing about her - whether by people who use her story to fuel Islamophobia, or people who are trying to stand up against the resulting misrepresentation of Muslims - ends up overlooking the fact that this is a real person that we're talking about. While … [Read more...]

Rachida Dati’s Rise and Fall

French politician Rachida Dati has been in and out of the headlines since taking office as France's Minister of Justice.  MMW recently covered the hype around Dati's pregnancy and her decision to return to work only five days after having a caesarian section.  Now, Dati is back in the news as we hear that she is being forced to resign from her cabinet position, and to run for a seat in the European Parliament instead.I'll get to that in a minute, but let's back up first and look at Dati's b … [Read more...]

Three Oppressions in One: Mona Awad’s Lawsuit

Dr. Sherene Razack has a theory called Interlocking Systems of Domination, which says that people can be oppressed in different ways and in interlocking and interconnected ways. The various ways in which people are oppressed cannot be detangled from each other and therefore, the oppression that we face must be examined as a whole, as opposed to broken down by demographics. This has been proposed in contrast to the traditional belief that people with various oppressions experience additive … [Read more...]

Discussing Muslim Women in Australia: An Interview With Joumanah El Matrah

Recently, Australia's ABC National Radio show, The Religion Report, covered the issue of racism experienced by Muslim women. In light of a recent Australian report entitled "Race, Faith and Gender" published by the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria that assessed the impact of racism on Muslim women, host David Rutledge interviewed Joumanah El Matra, the Executive Director of the Islamic Women's Welfare Council of Victoria about the issue. You can listen to the interview and read the … [Read more...]

Lisa Valentine: hijab and expletives

American hijabis often have a lot to think about when they step outside their doors. Will we be denied a job because of hijab? Will we be asked to take off our hijabs at work or school? Will our hijabs make us a target for racists and xenophobes? Will we be pulled out of line at the airport because of our hijabs? However, one place we don't expect hijab to cause us issue is in court. In courtrooms throughout the U.S., Muslim women wear hijab and Muslim men wear kufis if they're inclined to do … [Read more...]

Unpacking the “culture” argument

I wrote a few weeks ago about the effect of a fictional white character's Muslim identity on possible constructions and understandings of Islam and Muslim; this week I want to look at a couple non-fictional women in similar positions.On Open Salon, a network of bloggers, this weekend's top story was written by Sara O'Connell, an American woman of Irish descent who has been Muslim all her life. (In case you're wondering, no, I'm not going to engage with her discussion of hijab. I mean that. … [Read more...]

The Invisible Muslimah

What's the first image that comes to your mind when you think of a Muslim woman? Is she Arab or South Asian? White or maybe Afghan or Indonesian? Notice that I haven't mentioned African American (and also Latina). The media depiction of Muslim women usually does not include African American women. Often, Muslim women are depicted as coming from the Middle East or South Asia, and occasionally sub-Saharan Africa. Also, there has been increasing focus on Muslimahs of European descent, especially … [Read more...]