Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Aisha Hasan Despite decades of explanations and refutations, the hijab remains the most widespread and contentious issue surrounding Muslim women. From narratives of oppression to empowerment, the entire spectrum of feeling has been expressed over this simple piece of cloth covering a Muslim woman. In the age of modest fashion, the hijab has taken on another dimension altogether, and has in most mainstream discourse been … Continue reading Refuting the Historical Negation of Hijab

Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Aisha Hasan Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed finally landed in Canada this week. Met at the airport by supporters and well-wishers, she smiled and waved, sporting a Canada hoodie and UN baseball cap as cameras flashed around her. Allegedly escaping abuse by her parents, the teen’s request for asylum was advanced by Canadian authorities, after days of international media coverage. Rahaf’s story could not be more … Continue reading Rahaf Mohammad and the Western saviour complex

Sudan, protests & ‘armchair activism’

Shaima Dallali In the summer of 2016, I visited Sudan with my family. I thought it would be a normal trip, doing the regular things one does when visiting their homeland and relatives – however, this particular visit made me see Sudan in a different light. That year, I decided to get involved with the local community and youth groups – to hearing and exchange experiences … Continue reading Sudan, protests & ‘armchair activism’

‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response

Aisha Hasan “We really need more female scholars” A statement heard time and time again in Muslim communities in the West. Whether it is an organisation searching for a female speaker for an event or a general discussion lamenting the lack of knowledge amongst Muslims, the importance of female scholarship is regularly mentioned as a crucial factor in countering the problems of the Ummah around … Continue reading ‘We really need more female scholars’ – a response

Ghouta: Why knowing the details matters

Umm Mohammed Seven years into the war in Syria, the conflict shows no sign of abating and the indiscriminate killing of civilians has become the norm. Yet despite all the atrocities the Syrian people has witnessed, the latest assault in the Syrian suburb of Eastern Ghouta have been particularly brutal and impossible to ignore. Nearly 1,000 people have been killed over the past 20 days … Continue reading Ghouta: Why knowing the details matters