Tag Archives: Islam
CEDAW and Islam

Women, War and Fundamentalism in the Middle East

[I}f you insist upon fighting to protect me, or 'our' country, let it be understood, soberly and rationally between us, that you are fighting to gratify a sex instinct which I cannot share; to procure benefits which I have not shared and probably will not share..... [I]n fact, as a woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.

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Bless us anyway – we want more life!

Dear Steal this Hijab Readers, Thanks for reading, listening, gazing, and opinionating! I started this blog for many reasons. I think the most important of which came from the need to respond intelligently to a question that was very often posed to me – “WHAT?!!! Islamic feminism?! Is there such a thing????” Well, as a […]

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Eyewitness Afghanistan

A recent talk given at the annual Dublin Anarchist Bookfair, May 2012.

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Reflections on Ideology After the Arab Uprisings

A key conceptual problem for observers of the Arab uprisings–academics and journalists alike–continues to be how to classify and assess the ideological transformations taking place. “The people want the downfall of the regime,” the central slogan of the uprisings, has been interpreted as anything from a return to pan-Arab sentiments to a new Arab liberalism. […]

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How Not to Study Gender in the Middle East

by Maya Mikdashi One: Gender is not the study of what is evident, it is an analysis of how what is evident came to be. Two: Before resolving to write about gender, sexuality, or any other practice or aspect of subjectivity in the Middle East, one must first define what exactly the object of study is. […]

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Which Islamists?

Egypt’s first round of elections, in which a third of the country voted, comes to a close.

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Ammar al-Beikh

An Ode to Islam

by: Farah Mokhtareizadeh   Upon Ali’s pillow drew odes from farmers of the Oikumene, they whose dirges lamented silence.   Curious hands dug and sought the seeds of heaven, they whose omens split open silence.   Jesus summons Joseph through colour of time, to coat Potiphar’s rhyme, draw God’s dream to deign and thread open […]

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