Unpacking #MuslimMaleAllies

Screenshot of some of the #MuslimMaleAllies tweets.

Earlier this month, Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah wreaked havoc on International Women’s Day (IWD) after posting a series of painfully sexist comments on Twitter and Facebook. Reactions were virtually instant and plentiful. Among the more interesting responses, Hind Makki started using #MuslimMaleAllies on Twitter. That the hashtag became widely popular raises questions about the expectations (or lack thereof) we have for Muslim men within our communities. For those that haven’t been following, he … [Read more...]

The Scary Independent Woman

Screenshot from the interview.

A few weeks ago, an Indonesian religious teacher triggered a debate on Twitter when he made a series of tweets regarding women. Among his tweets were: The strength of a woman is in her gentleness and maternal traits | what else could it be? | firm, strong, and fatherly? hehe..Fyi, a pious husband loves to be relied on, counted on, and trusted | it makes him feel appreciated as a man :DA wife who is meek in front of her husband is agreeable | a wife who is strong and firm in front of her … [Read more...]

Fat, Brown, Muslim LBT Women Say No

This post was written by guest contributor Fakhra Hassan (@DragittotheTop).“Fatness and obesity in Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans (LBT) women are a result of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - self-inflicted abuse on the body in order to shun any unwanted sexual attention or emotional interest from people,” said Dr Pinar Ilkkaracan of Turkey, at the 5th CSBR Sexuality Institute at Alexandria, Egypt, which I attended in September of last year.I am no exception to the LBT women Pinar was … [Read more...]

Pakistan’s Hina Rabbani Khar: Beyond the Birkin Bag

Pictures of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Hina Rabbani Khar. Via Dawn.com.

Of late, Pakistan's foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has become the unfortunate target of tabloid headlines here in the sub-continent (and beyond, I expect, as the story continues to go viral). According to an “expose” in the Weekly Blitz (a Bangladeshi tabloid), Pakistan's top diplomat is allegedly embroiled in a passionate affair with Bilawal Zardari Bhutto, the 24-year-old scion of the Bhutto dynasty.  His father is Pakistan's current President, Asif Ali Zardari, and his mother is slain, t … [Read more...]

Re-Engaging with the Other “Liberation Theology”

Hijab

Complete with your standard extreme close-up of a hijab-clad woman confusingly looking at the voyeuristic lens before her, the Guardian’s “Comment is Free” section recently featured a piece by writer Nadiya Takolia, entitled: “The Hijab has Liberated Me From Society's Expectations of Women.”Probably like many readers of this blog, my initial reaction consisted something of a suppressed cough-caught-in-a-groan. … [Read more...]

Eid Mubarak to all People…and Women

This past Monday night found me, and many others, repeatedly checking the websites of various moon-sighting organizations and local mosques and other community groups, trying to figure out which day I would celebrate Eid al-Fitr.  Some of the moon-sighting websites were still uncertain or had declared Wednesday to be Eid, so when I saw on Moonsighting.com that the moon had indeed been seen in Chile, I got excited!  It's Eid!Until I read the rest of the sentence: "Crescent Moon for Shawwal has b … [Read more...]

In your local bookstore…

This great picture from Kawdess is one reason why MMW needs to exist. Thanks to Sabina England for the tip! We're going to go on a little vacation until Ramadan starts. We'll miss you a lot, but we'll see you again next week! … [Read more...]


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