“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 Matar, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian.
The exhibit of work by the photographers from Iran and the Arab World will be on display August 27, 2013, through January 12, 2014, in the Henry and Lois Foster Gallery (Gallery 158) of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.
(Photo by Newsha Tavakolian, don’t forget this is not you (Singer: Sahar Lotfi), 2010, From Listen series, Chromogenic print mounted on aluminum. Reproduced with permission. Courtesy of the Artist and East Wing Contemporary Gallery.)
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 is the opposite of modest.
Suhaib Webb and Scott Korb, writing in today’s New York Times point out what many of us know: “radicalization does not happen to young people with a strong grounding in the American Muslim mainstream.”
Bottom line? “The American Muslim community has actively and repeatedly, day in and day out, rejected such radicals on religious grounds: they do not know mercy.”
Read it here: “No Room for Radicals”
Suhaib Webb is the imam of the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Scott Korb, who teaches writing at New York University and the New School, is the author of “Light Without Fire: The Making of America’s First Muslim College.”
“I would like our community to take responsibility for how it is that we — yes, we — have allowed an interpretation of Islam to prevail in this world that turns this boy of innocence into a bomber and murderer,” writes Asra Q. Nomani. “We need to work with compassion and love to guide these boys to a “straight path,” as mentioned in the Quran’s first chapter, Al-Fatiha, ‘the Opening’. And that straight path should be one of nonviolence.”
Read more of her commentary on The Daily Beast.