The headscarf is so entrenched in the daily style of many Muslim cultures that it seems impossible that it was discouraged and even banned at times in countries like Egypt and Algeria. If Hoda Sharaawi today stepped off the train back from Europe and threw off her abaya as she did in 1923, it would … More Headscarf Banning Around the World
The controversy over the bikini segment of the 2013 Miss World pageant, taking place this September in Indonesia, made me question: do beauty pageants exist in the Muslim world? The idea of a beauty pageant seems to contrast 100% with the as-interpreted-through-social-custom Islam that is the norm in most Middle Eastern countries (heck, it even … More Middle Eastern Beauty Pageants Part One: National
It’s the happiest and, one could argue, the worst of times for the world’s Muslim population. Although the holy month of Ramadan is filled with joy and celebration (and empathy!) Muslims also have to suffer through fasting during a brutal summer month. Of course, most Muslim’s wouldn’t use the word suffer, since it is supposed … More Get Ready, Set, Fast! Ramadan!
As we celebrate Independence Day, aka the Fourth of July, here in the United States of America, Egyptians too are celebrating on a national level: on July 3rd, yesterday, the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood party in a military coup. I am pleased that Mohammed Morsi is no longer in … More As Americans Celebrate Freedom, So Do Egyptians