Hello everyone! It’s Friday, and that means it’s time for another edition of the Muslim roundup! This week we’re looking at seriously fierce and awesome women. Rawr.


1) You may have already seen this brilliant aricle by the amazing Mona Eltahawy — but how could I ignore a mention of Yemen, women and revolution all in one place? In Revolutionary Woman vs Burqa Woman, Mona takes on al-Qaeda’s online magazine for women, as an unrealistic source for role models.

How can you buy into “SPF-niqab” in the face of completely mindblasting women like Tawakul Karaman, “one of Time magazine’s 16 of History’s Most Rebellious Women.”

According to Eltahawy, Karaman was the first Yemeni female journalist to remove her face veil on the job, she defends human rights and freedom of expression as chair of Women Journalists without Chains, and has been protesting outside of Sanaa University every Tuesday since 2007.

Who do you think young Muslim women are most drawn to? Al Qaeda’s out-of-sight “Majestic Woman” or a woman whose fierce majesty poses one of the most serious challenges to a dictator in 33 years?

One guess. Go on…

2) Sadaf Syed. Mother. Photographer. Published Author.

The news that she met with President Obama last year (on August 13, Eryn’s birthday!) has been floating around for a while.

Sadaf Syed traveled across America, took amazing photos of hijabi women living their daily, normal, all-American-Muslim, rockstar, surfer, make-up artist, boxer, doctor, teacher, fun lives and pulled them together in her book, iCover: A Day in the Life of a Muslim-American COVERed Girl. The pictures are sunning (caution: heavy loading).

But I recently came across her photo documentary on YouTube. I highly suggest you check it out.


While breaking down stereotypes and misconceptions of Muslim women during Islamic Awareness Week in Birmingham, visitors learn that Muslim women ‘choose’ to wear hijab.

Students at the University of North Carolina “unveil” the meaning of the Muslim hijab by participating in an experiment of wearing hijab for the day. I wonder if any guys volunteered.

Altmuslimah explores the women of the Arab revolutions in a post on how Muslim women remake their image. Weak, silent, victimized, clothing-stands no more!

4) Finally, the winners of the Women’s Voices Now Film Festival have been announced. I’ve mentioned this festival before — giving voice to women of all faiths living in Muslim-majority countries and Muslim women living as minorities around the world — but if you haven’t checked it out yet, do so now!

Breaking the Silence – winner Second place, Documentary, by Ammar Basha, Yemen

The ‘Akhdam’ singular Khadem, meaning “servant” in Arabic, are a social group in Yemen, distinct from the majority by their darker skin and African descent. Although they are Arabic-speaking and practicing Muslims, they are regarded as non-Arabs and designated as a low caste group, frequently discriminated against and confined to unskilled and menial labor. In a society already riddled with patriarchy and poverty, the distain and discrimination against the Akhdam renders Akhdam women easy targets of violence and abuse. Akhdam women are subject to hate-based attacks and sexual assaults without any type of legal or social recourse.