L’affaire hijab in France is weighed down with almost 30 years of rhetoric, polemique and infamy and yet, 30 years on, it still won’t quit. The French obsession and stubbornness regarding the Islamic headscarf made headlines again recently with not one but three separate incidents (none involving actual Muslim women) which are both embarrassing … More Affaire Rossignol: Does Hating the Hijab Mean You’re an Islamophobe?
Je Suis Charlie, mais Je Suis Tout le Monde aussi. It has taken me a few days to gather my thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and I’ll admit that the proceeding blogpost will show that they are still discombobulated and forming. I have a lot to say, so please bear with me. I will … More #JeSuisTout: Observations on the Charlie Hebdo Shooting
I’ll admit it: Muslim Hipsters (“Mipsterz”) have more style than me. If you’re a American Muslim–or just an avid HuffPost reader, since they are posting a plethora of articles on the topic- then you probably have seen the “Somewhere in America–Mipsterz” video or heard about it. Social media has been abuzz with talk of the … More Somewhere in America….Stereotypes Just Got Served
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of heading down to the Angelika Film Center (my first time!) to see the film Wadjda, director Haifaa Mansour’s debut full-length feature film and the first feature film shot on location in Saudi Arabia. With superb acting and brilliantly shot scenes depicting Riyadh, as well as an inspirational plot … More Film Review: Wadjda
Society cannot get enough of telling women how to display their bodies. Whether we are being told to cover up or to strip down, to go out with naked faces or to rougez les levres, women are rarely free to choose their own style of dress. Women are often prevented, legally, from dressing as they … More The Female Body is a Scary Thing: Human Rights
A spur of the moment weekend trip to Montreal this past weekend had me asking: am I in Montreal, or Marrakech? OK, so I’m exaggerating a bit, but there is a large enough Middle Eastern presence in this francophone Canadian city to wonder whether to have poutine (Montreal’s most popular dish) or shwarma for one’s … More Arabia, Meet Montreal!
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
Michael Sinan-a.k.a. Mr Gay Denmark-should be considered one of Islam’s modern heroes. Mr. Sinan’s life and message would be considered radical-probably even blasphemous-among Conservative Muslims, but I feel that they should be broadcast to the world. While many people, whether straight Americans or fanatic Muslims, would laugh at Mr. Sinan and deride him for his … More Modern Islam: Mr. Gay Denmark