Browsing All Posts filed under »hijab«

The hijab has liberated me from society’s expectations of women

May 28, 2012


Wearing the hijab doesn’t have to be about religious dedication. For me, it is political, feminist and empowering Nadiya Takolia, Monday 28 May 2012 A woman wearing a hijab. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images When you think of the hijab, you probably don’t think “political”. Or “independent”. Or “empowered”. Feminist? Certainly not – feminism is far […]

A false analysis of Islam and feminism by Muslims and Non-Muslims

April 30, 2012


By Hamzah Saif, April 29, 2012 “Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be,” said Maya Mikdashi at her recent 10-point reminder on studying gender in the Middle East. Unfortunately, an influential strand of observers remains steadfastly deaf to her admonition, peddling […]

New wave of well-off Pakistani women drawn to conservative Islam

April 11, 2012


Wealthy, educated women are increasingly embracing the trend for religious inquiry and observance Jason Burke in, Monday 9 April 2012 Pakistani Muslim women celebrating Eid al-Adhi in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images All the women working in the information technology division of the Bank of Punjab’s headquarters in the western Pakistani city of Lahore […]

"What Killed Shaima Alawadi?" followed by "’One Million Hijabs for Shaima:’ Women worldwide of all faiths post pictures of themselves in headscarves after race hate murder"

April 4, 2012


April 4th, 2012 This post was written by guest contributor Maheen Nusrat. On March 24th, 2012, a 32-year-old Iraqi-American woman, Shaima Alawadi, passed away. She been found three days earlier by her 17-year-old daughter, brutally beaten in her home with a note next to her that said, “Go back to your country, you terrorist.” The […]

Yvonne Ridley: finding feminism in Islam

March 17, 2012


Posted on 16 March 2012.Lucy Miller WVoN co-editor Yvonne Ridley is a journalist, author, peace activist and film-maker. She was captured by the Taliban in September 2001 after crossing the Afghan border wearing a burqa. After her release she read the Qur’an and subsequently converted to Islam. WVoN spoke to her about feminism, faith and […]

Many layers: Examining the complex meanings of hijab

February 16, 2012


By Fatima Ayub, January 30, 2012 Writer Fatima Ayub examines perspectives on veiling in Muslim majority and minority contexts, both in the United States, where she grew up, and in Afghanistan, where she has lived and worked. She finds a surprising number wear it due to a combination of social expectation and cultural habit, rather […]