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.”
It’s been a long time since I was that self-conscious, young, hijabi girl on a skateboard. But recently, a video I helped make and the international reaction to it made me, briefly, feel 15 again.
This MMA Fighter Is Asian, Female and Muslim.
“There’s an empowering element to women in Asia to see a strong, confident, fit female competing on a world scale, on a world stage, especially if you’re Muslim or if you’re from a Muslim country like Malaysia,”
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.
Katy Perry's latest video has received a petition looking to take it down because of a pendant featuring Allah's name. The story is covered in more detail here by The Guardian. What are your thoughts?
Ms. Marvel series, premiered its first muslim character, Kamala Khan, a 16 year old Pakistani-American in February 2014.
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.
It is often forgotten that [the first world] war was as much about the political destiny of what was then and now called “the Muslim world” as it was about Europe, with Muslim soldiers fighting on both sides of the imperial alliances.
Read more here at The National's website.
In other news, water is wet.
And in OTHER news, these photos are fantastic!
The actor playing the Muslim man hams up expressions of idiocy, quiet deference and submission. He smiles politely, anxiously, and grimaces. "It is the law, you know. So God is protecting me …" He is what the hard right's Islamophobic smears say Muslim women are: children, without agency, needing to be saved. In the logic of the video, this is evidence of the downtrodden stupidity of the Muslim man; not of the racial condescension of his supposed saviour. Pierre says "You are a man"; but what he actually communicates is "You are a child". This is the film's literal translation of Islamophobic misogyny.
An interesting piece from the Guardian today on that viral film from France. Definitely worth a read!
New book Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex and Intimacy has been getting a lot of interest recently. NPR just did a fantastic piece about it, so learn more here.
Will you be buying a copy? Let us know your thoughts and tweet us on @SalaamNYC.
Written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona, each major character introduced in this first issue is a celebration and exploration of the paradox. It is a book full of characters who remind you of people you know, or people you knew. It’s a book that’s unique, but nonetheless familiar. It is also, by almost any measure, one of the best first issues of a superhero comic in years. And, if we’re being honest, it probably needed to be.
G Willow Wilson will also be talking at an event in Jersey City later this month. Salaam NYC will be there and we'd love to see you there too.
A 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.
Muslim women are too often portrayed as downtrodden victims or supporters of extremism—but they are at the very heart of the push for moderation and peace in places like Egypt and Afghanistan.
Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally see some changes under new Mayor Bill de Blasio.