Alice In Arabia is everything you've feared [Buzzfeed]

The cable channel protested that the project shouldn’t be judged on a brief synopsis, but a script for the show’s pilot — obtained by BuzzFeed from an industry source — is likely to confirm early fears. At one point, the heroine generically describes Muslim social views — the opposition to drinking, for instance, as “extreme.” The script also describes veiled Muslim women as “completely formless, anonymous.” One sympathetic female character, in describing her lavish Riyadh home, lauds it as “worth having to wear a silly veil while outside.”

Buzzfeed's exclusive look at the script can be found here.

Raleigh Muslims share heritage and religion [Newsobserver]


In a beautiful songlike chant, 11-year-old Sabrina DeHart stood behind a microphone and recited in Arabic what Muslims consider the 99 names of God.

Crossing her arms shyly at the wrists and wearing a black, full-length abaya and black and white head scarf, she faced an audience of Muslims and visitors in the prayer room of the Islamic Center of Raleigh.

DeHart was one of about 300 students at the center’s Al-Iman school who helped present Muslim heritage, culture and religion at the annual Open House for the Triangle Community on Saturday afternoon.

Read more over at the Raleigh News Observer.

Buying Ms Marvel

Ms. Marvel series, premiered its first muslim character, Kamala Khan, a 16 year old Pakistani-American in February 2014.

Credit: Caroline Ballard

Credit: Caroline Ballard

Caroline Ballard covered one woman's purchase of Ms Marvel during the New York snowstorm for Uptown Radio. Listen to it and see more of her fantastic pictures here.

Want to know what DC has done to be more inclusive? Well two years ago the new Green Lantern was unveiled to be a Muslim character. Read more here.

Muslim Women: Slow But Steady Progress (Newsweek)

recent poll by Thomson-Reuters found that women remain marginalized and under-utilized across much of the Arab and Muslim world.

This is a worrying state of affairs, not only because women should on principle have equal representation across society, but also because the full participation of women in society would improve the prospects for economic growth and political stability across a region that desperately needs both.

The findings, however, tell only part of the story. There are signs in the region of progress on multiple fronts for women, at all levels of society, that must be encouraged if we are to address the most critical challenge: the need to expand economic opportunities for women.

Read the full story here. 

Image from REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Image from REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad