Apple and its Islamophobic Thesaurus

This post was written by guest contributor Arwa Aburawa.About a week ago, I was sitting in a cafe talking to a new acquaintance about racism. The person in question had worked on issues of race and racism for some time and I would say is a lot more clued up about the tensions and insidious forms of racism than I am. Even so, I was a little shocked to hear her say that she preferred the outward racism of her childhood than today's hidden-behind-a-smile-racism. Personally, I didn't want to go … [Read more...]

Had You Been A Muslim: Joumana Haddad and the Liberated Arab Woman

When Lebanese writer and poet Joumana Haddad's I Killed Scheherazade: Confessions of An Angry Arab Woman was published in 2010, it was described as a bold treatise, intentionally designed to be revolutionary, written in manifesto style. Recently, a revived interest has situated it in more superficial terms as "a provocative new book which "lifts the veil" on what the "Arab Spring" really means for women," with Haddad as the liberated Arab woman telling all about her unliberated sisters. In fact, … [Read more...]

Friday Links | July 5, 2011

We're exploring a Friday Links format here at MMW. It's different than our usual. Let us know what you think in the comments! And, as always, feel free to include links to news about Muslim women from the past week in the comments!News coverage of Muslim women in New Zealand is rare, but the Herald on Sunday ran a great piece on local Muslim women. It was supported by the hard work of Anjum Rahman and a great editorial from the paper itself: It would take a special meanness of spirit not to … [Read more...]

Headscarf and the Angry Bitch: A Review of Zehra Fazal’s Play

I recently had the opportunity to see Zehra  Fazal preform her musically-inclined comedy show titled “Headscarf and the Angry Bitch” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.  Her one-woman show centers on a fictional character named Zed Headscarf who tours around mosques, giving lectures in order to educate congregants about Islam through her folk songs.Her “lecture series” opened with a discussion of the most basic of topics, with Fazal defining for the audience key words such as halal and haram an … [Read more...]

Muslim Women in the Media Liveblog

Salam, readers! Some of you may know that both Krista and I attended the Muslim Voices: Rescripting Islam conference at Indiana University last Thursday. You may not know, however, that this was the first time Krista and I had ever met in person! It was really wonderful to connect with her and with our other panelist, Mona Eltahawy.They liveblogged our panel on Muslim women in the media, and you can enjoy the discussion here: Muslim women in the media (Re-scripting Islam Liveblog) AKPC_IDS += … [Read more...]

Abra-Cadabra: NBC’s Community Makes Burqa Jokes

I don’t know how you spend your Thursday nights, but mine are usually spent in front of the television for NBC’s Thursday night comedy line up. And usually, Community is one of my favorite shows. It’s a comedy about a misfit group of community college students.This weekend, I saw the “Basic Geneaology” episode while I was catching up on all the episodes I missed from the past few weeks. This episode showcased “Family Day” at Greendale Community College. Everyone’s family was coming, and Abed (w … [Read more...]

“Save the Muslim Girl!” Part III

This was written by Özlem Sensoy and Elizabeth Marshall, and originally appeared in Rethinking Schools Online. Part I & Part II ran earlier this week.Learning a Stereotype Lesson #3: Muslim Girls and Women Want To Be Saved by the WestFor many in the West, the plight of Afghanistan is framed exclusively within a post 9/11, U.S.-led “war on terror.” While radical women’s organizations like RAWA have condemned brutality against women in Afghanistan for decades, their voices were absent, and … [Read more...]