Happy Wednesday everyone! Yep, looks like I’m still here, so I decided to throw together a little mid-week roundup.
It’s chalk full of Muslims doing every day things, some olde fashioned blogger love, BOOOOOOBS and hijab (big surprise there) and a little Muslim feminist controversy!
So let’s get to it.
1) A typical Media day for Muslimahs: ZOMG a Niqabi eating ice cream on a roller coaster! ZOMG Muslimahs have awesome sex! ZOMG Muslimahs are athletes! ZOMG hijabis pick their noses! ZOMG Muslim women are generally, all-around pretty badass.
Spurred on by a *scandalous* image of a woman in niqab holding a lacy bra, Farah Mawani takes on the Media obsession with Muslims doing everyday things in her HuffPo piece, “Muslims Do What?!” — and interviews photographer Asif Rehman on his latest exhibit, “Muslims?!” Essentially, a fantastic photo collection seeking to break down stereotypes about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim.
Mentioned in the article is none other than the FIERCE Muslimah boxer, Mombasa — who I had the utmost pleasure of interviewing last summer.
Oh, and if you’re in the Toronto area, you can check out Asif Rehman’s latest exhibit starting tomorrow.
2) Hey, let’s have some brilliant blogger love!
He came back and wanted me to forgive and live like normal. He said nothing will change. I said everything has changed. Besides, people forgive when it’s something that’s happened and over. He doesn’t plan on leaving her. He said to try. I told him I can’t live like that. Besides the fact that I think it’s completely gross, I will always be bitter and voice my discontent and I’ll always be suspicious…
“Oh, they are upstairs, listening too,” Answered someone, when I asked them. “We have speakers and close circuit TV.”
This is the problem, the big problem, in today’s Muslim organizations. If you take a look at this picture, there is a LOT of empty space behind the men, in the MAIN prayer hall. Why can’t girls sit here, in close proximity to the speaker, so they can personally ask him questions, or be inspired in way that only a face-to-face conversation can? Sitting behind the men will satisfy any requirements that orthodox Muslims can throw at them, and not to mention, teaching women this way is actually a sunnah.
If scholars, who know the Arabic language efficiently, arrive at incorrect conclusions, and continue to insist that “alternative” readings are not legitimate, they are not only denying that the Prophet’s companions differed extensively in their understandings of Quranic verses, but they are trapping themselves when it is revealed and widely accepted (as verse 4:34 is now beginning to be accepted) that for centuries they have been misinterpreting this verse, and that a long line of male scholars who deny women the practicality required to seek an education are reading their own male privilege and debauchery into the Qur’an—and deliberately so.
3) Now, when the Media isn’t trying to save Muslim women from their clothing, they’re talking about how Muslim women love to let loose and take off their clothing.
The New York Times has a darling article showcasing the first ever all-girl Prom at Hamtramck High School in Michigan:
In this season of wobbly heels and cleavage, the bittersweet transformation of teenagers in jeans and T-shirts into elegant adults barely recognizable to their friends is an anticipated tradition.
But at the all-girl prom, there were double double-takes, as some of Tharima’s classmates, normally concealed in a chrysalis of hijab and abaya, the traditional Muslim cloak, literally let their hair down in public for the first time.
Oh the chrysalis of hijab (that’s a new one!) — transforming hawt hijabis since 1859.
But in all seriousness, do read the article and check out the video. Tharima Ahmed worked her butt off to pull off this amazing prom — raising money, organizing bands, and galvanizing support from her teachers and school body. I tip my hijab to you my dear!
4) And finally, if you haven’t already heard about the controversy around Mona “we are more than headscarves and hymens” Eltahawy’s Foreign Policy piece “Why Do They Hate Us”, here’s a quick rapid-fire:
- Omid Safi on the sexualized blackface niqab images and us VS them – The hypocrisy of the “Why They Hate Us” rhetoric of Muslim Native Informants
- Samia Errazzouki on the sexualized blackface niqab images and first-person-plurals - Dear Mona Eltahawy, You Do Not Represent “Us”
- Nesrine Malik on Mona’s sensationalism and rhetoric – Do Arab men hate women? It’s not that simple
- Sherene Seikaly and Maya Mikdashi on the entire Foreign Policy edition and Mona’s sloppy arguments – Let’s Talk About Sex
- Foreign Policy itself asks “six smart observers” to respond to the article on everything from “BOOOOOBS” to misreading Alifa Rifaat
- And the lovely, brilliant ladies at Muslimah Media Watch reflect on all of the controversy’s positives and negatives – Some Issues with Foreign Policy’s Sex Issue
Of course, we could also hear from Mona in this really exciting and wonderful debate on the issue with Leila Ahmed. Which is really, a must see:
Hat-tip to Metis for the Mona Twitter picture.
Okay baby, you may come now. Aaaaand…now. NOW.