Posts tagged "islam"

France’s Ban On Face-Covering Muslim Veils Goes Into Effect

France’s ban on face-covering Muslim veils, like the niqab and the burqa, took effect yesterday. French citizens and tourists alike will be fined $215 for covering their faces in public or they must attend a class on French citizenship. Anyone who forced a woman to wear a veil in public faces a year in priso…

Jessica Wakeman / April 12, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Hijab-Wearing Muslim Girl In NY Assaulted By A Classmate

A Muslim girl on Staten Island in New York was shoved, punched, kicked and had her hijab (headscarf) nearly pulled off by a 12-year-old classmate, , reportedly because of her religion. The young boy had allegedly been harassing her for months and has been charged with a hate crime, which is a felony. People,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2011

Al Qaeda Launches A Jihad Cosmo-Esque Magazine

What do the fashionable jihadists of the world read? Why, Al Qaeda’s “Cosmo-style” (that’s Fashionista’s words, not ours) ladymag Al-Shamikha, which means “majestic woman.” The glossy 30-page magazine boasts interviews with martyrs’ wives, beauty advice on how to keep skin clear (not surprisingly, that boils down to “staying inside with your face covered”), and helpful…

Julie Gerstein / March 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: “Harry Potter” Actress Brother Guilty Of Assault Over “Non-Muslim” Dating

The brother of “Harry Potter” actress Afshan Azad, 22, who played Padma Patil in the series, has pled guilty to assaulting her at the family’s Manchester, England, home when he learned she was dating a non-Muslim. Ashraf Azad, 28, and his father allegedly began screaming that Afshan was a whore while the brother assaulted her.

Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2010

Husbands Can Hit Wives As Long As They Don’t Leave Marks, UAE Court Rules

Good news, domestic abusers! An Islamic court in the United Arab Emirates has ruled a husband or father can “discipline” his wife and children as long as he does not leave any marks. This decision follows a ruling where a man was taken to court for slapping his wife, injuring her bottom lip and teeth,…

Jessica Wakeman / October 18, 2010

French Lady Not Sorry For Her “Burqa Rage” And Ripping The Veil Off A Muslim Woman

“Burqa rage.” Never heard of it before? Me neither. Women being forced to wear burqas does makes me upset. But a 63-year-old French woman, known only as Marlene, took things too far when she attacked a woman who chose to wear a body-covering veil while furniture shopping in a Paris suburb. When Marlene saw the…

Jessica Wakeman / October 14, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says Muslim Woman Has To Wear A Disney-Designed Veil

A University of Illinois student recruited for an internship at Disneyland has been told she is allowed to wear a hijab veil for her job, but it must be one designed by Disney. Noor Abdallah, 22, was told this week she could wear a headscarf with a blue Disney beret on it; unfortunately, her…

Jessica Wakeman / September 30, 2010

Princess Hijab, The French Graffiti Artist Who Draws Burqas On Subway Ads

This short film follows Princess Hijab, a graffiti artist who skulks around the Parisian subway system, scribbling burqas on commercial advertising with a black Sharpie. The Princess appears to be a woman, but like other street artists (Banksy, for example), the true identity is unknown to protect her from police.

Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Peace Activists Plan “Wear A Hijab” Day On 9/11

As a counter protest to the Koran-burning in Florida, peace activist Charell Charlie of California is planning a “Wear A Hijab” event at The Grove in Los Angeles. She is inviting men and women of all faiths to don a hijab veil (for women) or kufi head covering (for men) in silent solidarity with…

Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Disneyland Says No Muslim Veil During Work

A hostess for a Disneyland Resort restaurant has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after she was told she could not wear a head-covering Muslim veil, the hijab, during work. She was told she could only wear her veil to work if she was “backstage,” or out of the public’s eye.

Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2010

Frisky Q&A: Roxana Shirazi, Author Of “The Last Living Slut: Born In Iran, Bred Backstage”

A chat with Roxana Shirazi is a delight. She’s thoughtful, articulate and you just want to steal that lovely, soft-spoken British accent out of her throat and run off with it. So it’s pretty easy to forget this London-based Iranian author has written the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll memoir about insatiable sex drives, peeing o…

Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Bus Driver Refuses Women Wearing Islamic Veils

A 22-year-old Muslim student was refused a bus ride into London because she was wearing a niqab, which is a face-covering veil. The woman and a friend, who was wearing a hijab veil that covers her head only, claim the driver told them they were a “threat” to passengers. [BBC]
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Jessica Wakeman / July 23, 2010

Iran Bans The Mullet 30 Years Too Late

Well, it’s official, folks, The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has declared our favorite ironic hairstyle, the mullet, illegal. But not because it’s a heinous fashion violation—it’s considered an un-Islamic Western ‘do and an example of the Western Cultural Invasion. Also forbidden for men are “the rooster,” a ponytail with spikey front and…

Ami Angelowicz / July 13, 2010

Today’s Lady News: French Muslim Woman Fined For Driving While Veiled

A French Muslim woman received a $29 fine from police in Nantes, France, for wearing a veil while driving a car. Police say the body-covering veil — called a niqab, which only had slits at her eyes — restricted her vision and could have caused an accident. However, the 31-year-old woman’s lawyer said thi…

Jessica Wakeman / April 23, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Quebec Considers Restrictions For Women With Face-Covering Muslim Veils

Quebec Premier Jean Charest has introduced legislation that would forbid Muslim women from giving or receiving public services while wearing a niqab, or a face-covering veil. Charest said that wearing other religious symbols, like a head-covering veil or a cross, would be allowed, but a concealed face is inappropriate. Critics, however, say the proposed…

Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2010

Clothing Company Makes Islam Hipster-Friendly

Those “Jesus is My Homeboy” T-shirts had their moment. Now taking the spotlight in hip/ironic religious wear (who knew such a market existed?) is a company called Styleislam, which produces tees, hoodies, and jackets meant to spread positive promotion of Islam. Conceived as a way to peacefully combat anti-Muslim sentiments, the company’s statement explains that…

Leonora Epstein / March 22, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Muslim Women Protest At Sex-Segregated Mosque

A group of Muslim women at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., risked arrest on Sunday when they staged a “pray-in” in the main area of the mosque, which is usually reserved for men. The all-female group of Muslims first tried to share the main area at a “pray-in” in February and this Sunday, they…

Jessica Wakeman / March 9, 2010

Pakistan Unveils First Government-OK’d Fashion Week

While celebs were drinking champagne at the tents and showing up pants-less to the shows during New York Fashion Week, something more political (but no less glam) was going on in Pakistan.

Just wrapping up its first government-approved Fashion Week, the event aimed to give the country a new image. This is a…

Leonora Epstein / February 22, 2010

Today’s Lady News: France May Not Ban The Burqa After All

A committee in France’s Parliament will stop short of recommending a ban on Muslim women wearing burqas at all places in France. Instead, the committee will only suggest body-covering veils be banned in public facilities, like on public transport or in hospitals. Muslim students have already been banned from wearing headscarves in the classroom…

Jessica Wakeman / January 26, 2010

When In Rome: Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi “Parties” With 200 Italian Women

When Muammar Gaddafi went to speak at the U.N. General Assembly in September, he drew controversy — he was protested, shut out of local housing, and his nearly two-hour speech was disparaged in the news. But the Libyan leader may have found a new way to speak his message to the people.

Xiomara Martinez-White / November 17, 2009