What it Means to be One of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

I spent the last weekend in Istanbul, having decided with my husband to escape the hectic daily news cycles of cosmopolitan Dubai, bustling with all kinds of events. It was meant to be a time for relaxation, to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery and the delicious Turkish cuisine. But my obsession with how international media are representing transitions in the Arab region seems to be insatiable.  Time Magazine's feature on the 100 most influential people in the world might be an annual … [Read more...]

More on the Time Magazine Conversation

Krista speaks with an AP reporters about Aisha's Time magazine: Krista Riley, a sociology graduate student and contributor to a Muslim women's website, Muslimah Media Watch, finds the photo "invasive and deeply troubling." To Riley, the image plays into racial divides and cultural distances. Read more on the conversation here. Check it out! … [Read more...]

Soft Serve: Time’s Article on Islam’s “Soft Revolution”

The March 2009 issue of Time magazine carried an extensive article about Islam, called “A Quiet Revolution grows in the Muslim world” by Robin Wright. While the article speaks broadly about Islam, I will focus on those passages and statements which deal with Muslim women. This is how Time describes the "soft revolution":Today's revolution is more vibrantly Islamic than ever. Yet it is also decidedly antijihadist and ambivalent about Islamist political parties. Culturally, it is deeply con … [Read more...]