Browsing All Posts filed under »Muslimah«

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 […]

Human Rights Group Condemns European Burqa Bans

May 1, 2012


by Sam TaxyApril 30, 2012 Photo Credit: Antoine Taveneaux A new report from Amnesty International, an influential human rights group, condemned European countries for denying Muslim women jobs and education by banning full-face veils or neglecting to enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition to bans on the burqa (traditional Muslim robes that cover women’s faces and […]

‘Honour killings’: murder by any other name

May 1, 2012


‘Honour killings’ are spreading at an alarming rate, and not just in the Middle East. What makes a man kill a family member? Elif Shafak, Monday 30 April 2012 Tulay Goren. Photograph: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire/Press Association Images Gonay Ogmen is the son of a Christian Armenian family in Istanbul. In December 2010, in the […]

Female British Muslims are at last finding their voice

April 28, 2012


A new generation of fearless Muslim women are actively starting to challenge inequalities that have faced them for generations Sara Khan, Saturday 28 April 2012 ‘It is heartening to see a proliferation in Muslim women’s networks and forums right across the UK.’ Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian Anyone who has worked in British […]

Forced faith or force of faith?

April 21, 2012


Waris Husain21-04-2012 Three females from Hindu families appeared before Pakistan’s Supreme Court this week in a case involving their alleged abduction and forced conversion to Islam. When the young women were asked in private proceedings whether they had been abducted or forcibly converted, the women replied in the negative, requesting to return to their husbands, […]

Pakistani Judge Upholds 3 Women’s Conversions

April 20, 2012


B.K. Bangash/Associated PressFaryal Shah, center, leaving the Supreme Court in Islamabad under tight security last month. By SALMAN MASOODPublished: April 18, 2012 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A controversy over religious conversions that has captivated Pakistanis was resolved in dramatic fashion on Wednesday when a judge ruled that three Hindu women who converted to Islam under disputed […]

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 […]

Sex and Sharia: Muslim women punished for failed marriages

April 2, 2012


By Charlotte Rachael ProudmanNotebook – A selection of Independent views -, OpinionMonday, 2 April 2012 Today I received another telephone call from a young Muslim woman, Nasrin, who pleaded with me to help her obtain an Islamic divorce. After fleeing a forced marriage characterised by rape and physical violence, Nasrin applied for an Islamic divorce […]

Muslim lesbian couple fight deportation

March 28, 2012


By Tom Godfrey, QMI AGENCY TORONTO – A Muslim lesbian couple who claim they will be killed if deported to their native Israel due to their sexuality is being given a second chance to remain in Canada. Iman Musa and Majida Mugrabi, of Toronto, arrived in Canada from Tel Aviv in 2007 and filed unsuccessful […]

Reema Abdullah is a role model for Saudi women athletes

March 26, 2012


Aspiring to be the first Saudi woman to carry the Olympic torch is brave in a country that condemns female physical exercise Eman Al Nafjan, Monday 26 March 2012 Reema Abdullah, Jeddah United striker and Olympic hopeful. Photograph: AP The first school I went to in Riyadh was, of course, an all-girls school. I […]

Color-coded confessions: Background shades of the marriage process

March 22, 2012


Reblogged from altmuslimah By Shazia Kamal, March 22, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> “He is educated, Mashallah …a lawyer, and the age difference is just right. I talked to his mother, too. She was absolutely delightful, she agreed with me on everything! She is sending his picture through the e-mail right now.” Barely […]

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 […]

Menses’ non-sense: Menstruation and the Muslim Woman’s “Red Tent”

March 8, 2012


By Enith Morillo, March 8, 2012 Muslims love to brag about how the status of women was elevated from the backward practices found in earlier Judaic and Christian societies with the revelation of the Qur’an. Plenty of comparisons between Islam and Judeo-Christian traditions are available, highlighting categorical differences on divorce, inheritance, property ownership, education, and […]

The feminist poets of Mumbra

March 5, 2012


Reblogged from The feminist poets of Mumbra Mohammed Wajihuddin, TNN | Mar 4, 2012, In a modest flat off a dusty lane in the Muslim-majority town of Mumbra, a group of young girls is sitting in a semi-circle. Before they entered the apartment, they were all covered with the black veil, the unofficial dress code […]

American Muslims Women behaving badly in mosques

March 2, 2012


By Uzma Mariam Ahmed, March 2, 2012 << From the AltMuslimah Archives >> Women in American mosques are loud and messy. They allow their children to run free. They socialize and chatter during khutbas. They rush out after the prayers and don’t participate in cleaning or re-organizing the space. They wear inappropriate clothes, allowing their […]

“Honor” killings and political correctness

February 22, 2012


Reblogged from “Honor” killings and political correctness By Peter Gray, February 22, 2012 The debate about whether Canada’s “Shafia murders” were “honor killings” or “domestic violence” seems like an argument about whether “■” is a square or a rectangle. Beneath the surface, however, much more than semantics is at stake. Critics who reject all mention […]

Female athletes challenge Saudi Muslim norms

February 17, 2012


Behind concrete walls and out of sight of men, Saudi women wearing shorts and short-sleeve shirts meet three times a week to play soccer in an all-female club in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah AP, Friday 17 Feb 2012 Cheering them on is Jeddah King’s United coach and striker Reema Abdullah, who also is […]

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 […]