Friday Links — October 24, 2008

Friday Links — October 24, 2008 October 24, 2008
  • In response to the Amnesty International report on human rights in Saudi Arabia, the Riyadh-based Saudi National Human Rights Association will release its own report evaluating the country’s human rights situation. Judging from the fact that the vice president “praised the position of women in Saudi Arabia and cited education and work opportunities as the best examples of women’s rights,” I’m guessing it won’t be incredibly objective, though there are calls for this.
  • The Washington Post profiles Ghada Abdel Aal, a high-profile Egyptian blogger known for her posts about marriage suitors.
  • Raquel Evita Saraswati highlights the fact that the deaths of Amina and Sarah Said are being treated by the FBI as honor killings, which makes this the first time that the FBI has used this term. Later news reports state that the FBI has removed the term “honor crime” from the wanted notice of their father, who is accused of murdering Amina and Sarah.

Al Jazeera looks at girls’ schools that are under threat from Pakistani Taleban.

  • The U.N. expresses concern over the rights of women and religious/ethnic minorities in Iran.
  • G. Willow Wilson and Muse talk about mahr.
  • The U.K.’s Association of Chief Police Officers have issued new guidelines to more effectively spot and handle potential honor crime situations.
  • Global Online Voices highlights a new direction in the “We are All Laila” campaign.
  • Johann Hari from The Independent asks, “Dare we stand up for Muslim women?”
  • Room magazine is looking for submissions; Muslim ladies, speak up, if you please.
  • Cafebabel profiles Turkish theologist Nuriye Duran-Özsoy about her experiences and opinions of the headscarf.
  • Ali Bulaç writes about how the headscarf is traditions vs. modernity’s newest battleground.

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