First of all, a very happy Ramadan (Ramadan Kareem) to the Muslim ummah! Ramadan is a very special time, one of contemplation, community, charity, celebration and, most of all, faith. It’s a time of sacrifice and solidarity, peace and perseverance; a time to ask forgiveness for one’s sins. In honor of the start of Ramadan, … More Ramadan Kareem! A look at Mosques Around the World
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
The title of this blog post is eye-catching, if a little stupid-sounding. Of course, the intelligent, worldly reader might say: Indians are not terrorists, and neither are Arabs! How could one ever lump a whole race/ethnicity/nation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it of people into one categorization and label based on the actions of a few people? But alas, the blog … More Indians are Not Terrorists, and Neither are Arabs!
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
Islamic fundamentalism is not a new concept. Those who are hardline devotees to the Qu’ran and hadiths and who interpret it literally exist throughout the Arab world and now, it appears, Asia as well. Although the West is well familiar with examples of Arab-Islamic fundamentalism (read: Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and Saudi Wahhabism) several Asian countries … More The Qu’ran is “More like Guidelines” than Actual Rulebook