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The Hijab Dilemma

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Every time I walk into the room, the first thought is, ‘There’s a Muslim,’ ” said Ms. [Zahra] Cheema, 25, the American-born daughter of Pakistani immigrants, describing that moment when she meets with a potential employer or argues a case […]

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Hijab as Religious Expression

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in […]

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United in the Crosshairs

posted by Suzy Shuraym

United Airlines has a firestorm on its hands courtesy of a short-tempered flight attendant. You all know the story by now: a woman in hijab was refused an unopened can of Diet Coke because, she was told, she could use […]

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“Headscarves and Hymens”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution,” a new book by Mona Eltahawy, should be required reading for every American Muslim woman (it’ll take longer to enlighten the men). Snippet: “I think if you whittle them […]

Women’s Photography in Casablanca

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“During the first two weeks of April, the city of Casablanca, Morocco, will become a haven for public art. The Billboard Festival, an art festival of epic proportions, will take over 63 billboards throughout the city to showcase photography produced […]

Islam and Middle School in NYC

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Sharon Otterman, a reporter for The New York TimesMK/I> penned a thoughtful article on Sandra Ibrahim. The middle school student’s tentative steps toward wearing hijab have been met with derision, teasing and hazing. This writer wonders whether this Arab custom […]

Applying for a Job Wearing Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court indicated yesterday (25 February 2015) it will side with a Muslim woman who didn’t get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the […]

Is Hijab By Definition Un-American?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The following is courtesy of Travel Industry Today, a Canada-based organization: “The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee is asking Delta Air Lines to take action after an employee threatened to remove a Muslim family from a Detroit-bound flight when another passenger harassed […]

Michelle Obama Bareheaded in Saudi Arabia

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The Associated Press reports: “Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of the King Abdullah, Mrs. Obama stepped off of Air Force One wearing long pants and a long, brightly colored jacket — but no headscarf.” […]

Reading the Subtleties of Islamic Fashion

posted by Suzy Shuraym

An article by Vanessa Friedman in this week’s New York Times discusses the Islamic Fashion Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Such events have always puzzled me. If the objective of the “cover your hair” dictate for women is to promote […]

Remembrance Day Icon is Controversial?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Some people have way too much time on their hands. Object to a commemoration of Muslims who lost their lives in war? How can that possibly be a bad thing — especially when it’s in a particularly Muslim way. Yes: […]

If ISIS is the New Bogeyman…

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As if we didn’t have enough Islamophobia to deal with, along come those who want to dress up as ISIS military for Halloween. Now, Halloween isn’t exactly a Muslim holiday (it isn’t a Christian one anymore either), but, really?

London’s Islamic Vigilantes

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A band of Islamic vigilantes has admitted to roaming the streets of East London, confronting and threatening to kill non-believers in an effort to enforce Sharia law. Three men have pleaded guilty to related charges after self-proclaimed ‘Muslim Patrols’ attacked, […]

A New North American Flap Over Headgarb

posted by Suzy Shuraym

In the Canadian province of Quebec, “the separatist Parti Quebecois [wants] to make the provincial government religion-neutral. It wants to do so by banning symbols of religious faith such as Jewish skullcaps, Sikh turbans, Muslim head scarves and large crucifixes […]

Permission Needed to Wear Hijab?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Melona Clark, a student at Hampton University in Virginia, was forced by the school to obtain a letter from her chaplain and a letter from her mosque before the university would allow her to wear her headscarf on campus, reports […]

As Long As These Things Happen…

posted by Suzy Shuraym

the hijab will remain more of a political statement than a religious one. If a woman in Sudan who refuses to wear hijab faces flogging, her civil liberties are in peril. I’ll wager that most American Muslims — men and […]

A & F Wrong to Fire Hijab-Wearing Salesclerk

posted by Suzy Shuraym

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center have announced a legal victory in a lawsuit against clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch over the firing of a Muslim worker […]

Anti-Muslim Incidents Soar Across Britain

posted by Suzy Shuraym

According to Slate.com: “In the days following the murder of a British soldier in London [22 May 2013], there has been a huge spike in anti-Muslim incidents, according to an interfaith charity. Faith Matters, an organization that works to reduce […]

The Rise of Hijab Fashion Bloggers

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In the last few years, a growing community of hijab fashion bloggers has changed the idea of what it means to be a modern Muslim woman,” writes Vanessa Rosales on The Daily Beast. Learn about hijab high fashion here. It […]

“She Who Tells a Story”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“She Who Tells a Story” introduces the pioneering work of twelve leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world: Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Rania […]

Is the Hijab Worth Fighting Over?

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Check out the discussion going on here. In this writer’s opinion, if the purpose of the hijab is “female modesty”, it should not be worn in non-Muslim majority countries precisely because it calls extra attention to the wearer — which […]

‘No contradiction in being a proud American and a proud Muslim’

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“There is absolutely no contradiction between being a proud American and a proud Muslim,” notes Farah A. Pandith (pictured), United States’ Special Representative to Muslim Communities. “Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of expression. As an extension, […]

The Politics of Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

As we all know, the definition of hijab varies by place of origin and other cultural determinants. One look at the variations is captured by Boushra Almutawakel, a photographer from Yemen. “Unveiling an Arab Woman’s Experience With a Headscarf”

Egypt Abuzz as Newsreader on State TV Wears Hijab

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“In what was called a first for Egyptian state television, a woman wearing a head scarf presented headlines in a newscast on Sunday, breaking with a code of secular dress that for decades effectively barred the wearing of Islamic head […]

Answering Difficult FAQ: 49th Annual ISNA Convention

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Several sessions at the 49th annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America centered on one topic: how to answer difficult but frequently asked questions about Islam. Maha ElGenaidi (pictured) moderated a discussion with Ameena Jandali and Jamal Badawi […]

The Nuances of the Burqa

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The burqa can be seen as a tool to increase mobility and security, a nuance often missed in the outside world’s image of the garment. Assuming that a burqa-clad woman is not empowered and in need of liberation is a […]

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