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

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...]

The First Saudi Woman to become Editor-in-Chief: New Achievements and Challenges

Somayya Jabarti. [Source].

On February 16, 2014, Khaled Almaeena announced his resignation as head of the editorial team of the Saudi Gazette, and appointed Somayya Jabarti as the first woman editor-in-chief in the history of the Saudi press.  In a tweet, Almaeena said: "For 25 years, I have been looking for the best journalistic skills and qualifications, and today, my dream comes true in appointing a qualified woman to head the editorial team of a Saudi newspaper."For those who don’t know Jabarti, she started her ca … [Read more...]

Thanks, Sheikh, But My Pelvis Is Fine

Eman Al Nafjan driving recently in Riyadh. [Source].

Editor’s note: I would like to welcome Nicole Hunter Mostafa, a past MMW guest contributor, on board as our newest regular writer!Currently in Saudi Arabia, sisters are attempting to do things for themselves. There is a movement afoot. Saudi women are being encouraged to drive on October 26, in defiance of the de facto ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia.*Last week, as the movement ramped up, a Saudi sheikh, Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, told the Saudi online newspaper Sabq that d … [Read more...]

Saudi Women at the Helm: Beneficiaries of the Arab Spring

A Saudi ad against domestic abuse. [Source].

For the past two years, sweeping political changes in parts of the Middle East have had a profound impact on socio-cultural and legal traditions. Arab women have been at the forefront of this change, exercising their rights as political citizens and raising their voices against injustices within their own countries and in support of others across the region. Recent developments, however, suggest that while the Gulf states (excluding Bahrain) have remained largely untouched by revolutionary … [Read more...]

Nigerian Female Pilgrims Detained in Saudi Arabia

Nigerian women on hajj. Image via BBC News.

Two weeks ago, a dispute erupted between Saudi Arabia and Nigeria over the former's detainment of more than 1,000 women purported to be travelling for hajj without appropriate male chaperones.It started on Monday, September 24, when a number of Nigerian women were prevented from entering into Saudi Arabia after landing King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. Subsequent flights into Jeddah’s international airport resulted in more women between the ages of 25 and 35 been stopped and d … [Read more...]

Jellyfish Fantasies: The Creature with the Black Niqab Fetish

Farmborough's picture. Via the Express Tribune.

Like a horrific scene from a 1960s monster movie: unbeknownst to scientists on a fossil-hunting expedition along the mist-shrouded Arabian Gulf, a prehistoric creature of gargantuan proportions slowly emerges from the water to the piercing screams of... oh no, wait. It's not the Creature from the Black Lagoon, or even the Loch Ness monster -- it’s just a woman in niqab taking a dip off the cost of Dubai for a staged photoshoot."An Emerging Mystery" is the creation of Sebastian Farmborough, a … [Read more...]


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