Posts tagged "islam"

Take A Look Inside The Women’s Mosque Of America

Here’s a look into America’s first women-only mosque. [NBC] Finland’s national radio service is going to read the Koran on air cover-to-cover in order to “increase people’s knowledge of the Koran and Muslim culture in Finland.” [BBC] Check out this explainer about sex, intersex, and why “male” and “female” aren’t adequate categories for…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 24, 2015

5 Things To Know About The 7,000 Yazidi Women Being Held As Sex Slaves By ISIS

Militants from ISIS, a.k.a. the Islamic State/ISIL (or whatever else you'd like to name the terrorist group that's been wreaking havoc on Middle Eastern society and by proxy, much of the rest of the world), has kidnapped close to 7,000 Yazidi women and children within the past two months to be kept as slaves and forced…
By: Claire Hannum / October 18, 2014

Why I Refuse To Criticize Islam As A Feminist And Atheist

Sam Harris and Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins all want really badly for me to criticize Islam. They claim I’m scared to do so because Islamic extremists bully people into silence. They consider it a liberal failing that people like me have deferred to that bullying. They say it’s not “phobic” to criticize Islam,…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 15, 2014

European Court Upholds France’s Ban On Face-Covering Veils

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France's ban on face-covering veils, claiming that veiled women make other people uncomfortable. The case was brought by a 24-year-old Muslim woman who chooses to wear a niqab veil. It's hard not to see this as an F.U. to Muslims in France.  [Feministing]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religio…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

Iran Freaks Out Over Actress’ Kiss On The Cheek At Cannes

Iranian actress Leila Hatami got a kiss on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, and all hell broke loose. Iran's deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance chastised Hatami, saying that the Iranian woman should be "a symbol of chastity and innocence." [The National AE] Louisiana's state…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014

This Pregnant Sudanese Woman Was Sentenced To Death Because Of Who She Chose To Marry

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who is eight months pregnant, was sentenced to death last week for marrying a Christian man. In Sudan, a woman is considered to be of the same faith as her father, but 27-year-old Ibrahim's Muslim dad abandoned her family when she was six, and she was raised with the…
By: Claire Hannum / May 22, 2014

100 Kidnapped Girls Shown In Video; Boko Haram Offers Release In Exchange For Prisoners

One hundred kidnapped Nigerian school girls have allegedly been seen for the first time since their abduction in a video acquired by the AFP news service. The video was reportedly filmed by Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group who kidnapped over 200 teenaged girls from their boarding school in Chibok on April 14.
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 12, 2014

Malala Yousafzai: Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria “Are My Sisters”

In an interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Pakistani teen and education advocate Malala Yousafzai said the Boko Haram kidnappers in Nigeria do not understand Islam and said the 200+ school girls who were kidnapped and possibly being sold into sex slavery "are my sisters." […
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Report: Eight More Teen Girls Kidnapped From Nigerian Village By Boko Haram

Eight more girls have been kidnapped by the Islamist extremist group Boko Haram from the village of Warabe, Nigeria, police there said yesterday. Three weeks ago, Boko Haram — who oppose the education of women and girls — kidnapped 200+ schoolgirls from a boarding school. Rumors are circulating that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 7, 2014

Leader Of Boko Haram Vows To Sell Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls

The leader of Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group responsible for kidnapping hundreds schoolgirls from their Nigerian boarding school, has vowed the girls will be sold. Between 200 and 300 teenagers were kidnapped at gunpoint from their school in mid-April by Boko Haram, which opposes education for women and girls. Some of the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 5, 2014

Nigerian Women March To Urge Government To Act On 230 Kidnapped Schoolgirls

Nearly 500 women marched through Abuja, Nigeria, to press the government to the seek the release of 230 schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram, a group of Islamic militants, two weeks ago. Boko Haram, which doesn't believe in educating women, kidnapped the students from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2014

5 Things To Know About Nigeria’s 234 Abducted Schoolgirls

It's been two weeks since 234 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped from their school and they are no closer to being found. The kidnapping is believed to be orchestrated by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram (whose name translates to "Western Education Is Sine"), though they have yet to claim responsibility for the…
By: Claire Hannum / April 29, 2014

New Survey Illustrates What Different Countries Think About How Muslim Women Should Cover Up

Check out this interesting chart from the Pew Research Center illustrating the results of a new survey that asked respondents in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and other countries which woman "is dressed most appropriately." The study found that participants preferred that women cover their hair, but not always their face. [Pew Research…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

Pool Accommodates Muslim Women, Fox News Frets About Sharia Law

Fox News has predictably idiotic things to say about a Midwestern swimming facility that will accommodate Muslim women by closing the pool to men for one-hour per day. SHARIA LAW IS COMING FOR US ALL! [Think Progress] MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry wrote up the consummate readers' syllabus on Black feminism. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 2, 2013

Sudanese Woman Faces Flogging For Not Covering Her Hair

Amira Osman Hamed of Sudan will go to trial on September 19 and face a possible flogging sentence for refusing to cover her hair in public. Hamed, 35, is Muslim and refuses to cover herself with a hijab veil. She was stopped on the street by a police officer in August and her refusal to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2013

On Muslim Woman’s Veil Lawsuit, Judge Rules That Abercrombie Is Still Pretty Much A Giant Bully

In case people aren’t yet convinced that Abercrombie & Fitch is the Douchiest Company Ever, they’ve set out to prove it once again. In 2010, they fired Hani Khan, a Muslim employee who insisted on wearing a hijab at work. The store claimed that the head scarf would hinder…
By: Claire Hannum / September 10, 2013

Muslim Women In India Warned Not To Post “Selfies” On Facebook

Selfies are a plague for the modern social media account — they also pose a conundrum for how religious values correspond with technology. Recently, Islamic clerics in India have indicated to young Muslim women that they should refrain from posting selfies on Facebook and other social networking sites, because it would violate the edict that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 13, 2013

Rolling Stone‘s Article On Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Makes It Clear Patriarchy Was At The Root Of His Problems

It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 18, 2013

FEMEN Activists Ripped Off Burqas To Reveal Naked Breasts Inside A Swedish Mosque

Oh, FEMEN. Whether you respect their antics or think they're terribly offensive and annoying, you have to admit they're good at publicity stunts! The topless feminist activist group's latest hijinks? Going into a mosque in Stockholm, Sweden, while wearing burqas and then whipping off the veils to reveal their bare breasts underneath…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 1, 2013
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