Grey Zones of #letsamahplay

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Crossposted from Tumblr. I have been sent @DivineDavis’ recent popular tweet - complete with the hashtag #letsamahplay - many, many times. It involves a girls’ soccer team and hijab used in protest of an unfair rule. My family and friends thought I might have missed it. Perhaps they thought I might be excited by it. Or grateful.Because the hashtag implied the all-important issue of a woman not being allowed to play, I was interested. But, I was perplexed. I had about 500 que … [Read more...]

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...]

Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative Centres Black Muslim Voices

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Black Muslims took to Twitter last month in light of Black History Month, which is celebrated in February in North America. The Muslim Anti-Racist Collaborative (MuslimARC), a collaborative of diverse Muslims dedicated to combatting anti-Black racism, discrimination and exclusion within the Muslim community, launched a Twitter campaign that has opened the door to discussing anti-black racism within the Muslim community.In an interview over email correspondence, Margari Hill, a member of … [Read more...]

Am I Dressed Appropriately? Or Why That’s None of Your Business

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Last Wednesday, social media was abuzz with the published findings of a recent study conducted in the “Muslim world” (Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey).The initial study was done by University of Michigan and looked at religious tolerance and secularism in Tunisia in comparison with six other nations.  Although the initial poll covered a multitude of questions regarding political and religious situations in the Middle East, the focus of the poll, as presented b … [Read more...]

Tweeting Change the Fahira Idris Way

Fahira Idris. [Source].

This post was written by guest contributor Afia R. Fitriati (@AfiaRF)In a similar manner that social media helped to catalyze the Arab Spring, Indonesians are increasingly using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to reach out to others, build awareness of social issues, harness support and eventually create positive changes that the country needs.One of the forerunners in Indonesia’s social media activism scene is Mme.Fahira Idris. Born as the daughter of real estate t … [Read more...]

More about Sexual Harassment in Egypt

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It is no secret that sexual harassment is a very dangerous phenomenon in Egypt streets. What is striking is that it is getting worse, not better. I have been suffering from street sexual harassment for years, and wrote 2 years ago that I no longer had any tolerance for it. I described how I would attack men in cars with rocks if they had stopped to harass me.Earlier last year, the day it was announced that Mubarak had stepped down, Tahrir Square was so crowded with people celebrating, and in … [Read more...]


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