I realize Jaffary’s and Lu’s intentions aren’t those of “costuming,” but other instances and events in which racial, cultural, and religious symbols or items have been appropriated are relevant to the discussion here.
I can’t believe I’m doing this. So early into my blogging career and here I am. Writing about hijab. I said I wouldn’t, because heck there’s so much more to talk about. But, here I am. Hijab – a piece of fabric that so obsesses the world vis-a-vis Muslim women that we are now facing a full on “World Hijab Day”, which is today, Saturday, February the 1st.
Zainab is the Vice President of Nadoona, a movement based in the U.S and geared towards helping Muslim women become healthier.
Talking about Prophet Muhammad's life and following his footsteps should be a daily practice for Muslim families.
I am a parent and with that I have such an overwhelming sense of responsibility to teach Possum (2 years) good values.
The "sexual revolution" that supposedly empowered women occurred forty or fifty years later. Then, bikinis became popular. Now, there is no longer the emphasis on women as intelligent or rational. Now, the emphasis is on women as sex objects.
Girls who wear hijab, as opposed to girls who don’t, are more likely to make me feel self-conscious, insecure, and critical of myself. Generally, they are composed, polite, widely accomplished, and (most importantly) articulate, of which I’m particularly jealous.
I recently watched Outlawed in Pakistan, which aired on FRONTLINE in May of this year. Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellman’s documentary follows the heartbreaking story of 13-year-old Kainat Sumroo as she brings her gang rape case to court in Pakistan. The film portrays the systematic challenges of bringing a rape case to trial in Pakistan and includes commentary from a variety of people related to the case: her supportive family, attorney, women’s rights organizations in Pakistan, and even those accused of the crime. The filmmakers traveled to Pakistan to film the documentary over the past four years.
Altmuslimah recently met author Sam’n Iqbal and artist Uzma Sabir to discuss the newest children’s book on the block, “Allah to Z: Activity Book.”
Since my conversion to Islam, I have struggled with depictions of Muslim brides and wives in the mainstream Western media. From the images of famous non-Muslim women marrying famous Muslim men to the images of “pious” Chechen women sacrificing themselves for Syrian rebels, portrayals of Muslim brides and wives in mainstream Western media sources often depict two types of stories: either melodramatic romance novels or horror tales.
It gets me every time… it makes me upset and irrationally angry. The stereotyping, the orientalist exoticism and the appropriation are only some of the things that go on when niqab, hijabs and “Muslim clothing” in general is used for profit by non-Muslim Western stars.
Iftar is the evening meal that Muslims eat for breaking their fast during Ramadan.
Thick tendrils of white smoke curl around my fingers as I add more bukhoor to the incense burner. Nasheed music wafts softly from the living room, creating a calm, somber atmosphere. My children have just come back from the balcony, certain that the new moon made her appearance despite heavy storm clouds. We smile at each other and lovingly embrace in a group hug — the girls wishing me a good fast before heading off to bed.
Saira Siddiqui wrote in altmuslimah.com her evolutionary family diet.
Get lads mags and sexually explicit newspapers displays in shops out of the sight of children.
Discovering Muslim children’s books that delight and inspire.
After the 1967 Israeli occupation of the remaining parts of Palestine, she decided that she had to do something. But hijacking planes seemed like an extreme course of action, especially for a pretty young woman of 25.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, echinacea, garlic and basil are all green medicines that you can harvest at will.
Shabana Khan* speaks from behind a screen put up to protect her identity at a recent women’s assembly.
The “International Community” Also Lies Buried.