women

Unmosqued and #AllMalePanels

When you’ve been unmosqued for a while and hang out in online spaces where you get introduced to amazing work by women scholars, you wonder, “why have I never encountered this in the mosque or the MSA?” Then you learn about the pervasive social phenomenon of #allmalepanels that infects most…

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Shabana Mir: The Hijab Debate

Recently, a blogosphere debate erupted on headscarves/hijab among various Muslim women. The debate was preceded by physical harassment against visibly Muslim women (see this, this, this, and this). The worsened climate of Islamophobia was greeted with shock and disgust by a number of Americans. A number of non-Muslim women—Dr. Larycia…

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On “jihadi brides”

Simplistic images of Daesh and of Islam portray the group and the religion as abusive of women—not just their women, but our women. In these simplistic images, women are stereotypically feminine. They are peaceful and nurturing. They would not commit political violence unless some evil people or religion manipulated or…

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Bad Bridal Priorities

Weddings are joyous, celebratory moments in most individuals’ lives. The joining of two individuals who can bear to sit through never-ending sermons, mountains of paperwork and reels of cheesy videos is surely something commendable. However, it is an undisputable fact that (most) weddings are no walk in the park

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Why women apologize

In a NY Times op-ed published yesterday, Sloane Crosley discusses Why Women Apologize and Should Stop. The commonly accepted explanation is that women don’t want to be seen as rude and thus temper our statements with an apology. But Crosley believes that’s not a sufficient explanation: The bend-over-backward compulsion to…

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