The Islamisation of radicalism and the glamour of violence

By Dr Rachel Bloul Western societies seem to have discovered with a revulsion mixed with (feigned?) surprise the fact that some of its Muslim youth are not only attracted to, but participating in, Daesh [also known as ISIS] terrorism, willing to commit suicide bombing and to kill ‘innocent civilians’. Explanations usually borrow from two theories… Read More The Islamisation of radicalism and the glamour of violence

This French illustrator has the perfect guide to what to do if you see Islamophobic abuse

Freelance illustrator, Maeril, based in Paris published a guide on what to do if you see incidents of Islamophobia. As part of her co-admin role at The Middle Eastern Feminist Facebook page, Maeril created the cartoon strip in response to growing Islamophobic abuse on Muslim women in France. “I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here, as… Read More This French illustrator has the perfect guide to what to do if you see Islamophobic abuse

Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

In light of the recent burkini ban debacle, which dominated media coverage this past week, here is an academic overview into the intersections of fashion, Islam and Orientalism. Let’s just get one thing straight: there’s no direct translation in Arabic for the word ‘veil’. Many Muslim women refer to the headscarf, not as hijab –… Read More Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space

How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East

LET’S TALK ABOUT FEMINISM…   Feminism can be broadly defined as an ideology that strives for equality between men and women. It holds that women should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men and have the same rights, same pay, same contribution to society. Though feminism now is generally seen as a women’s-only… Read More How Social Media is changing the feminist landscape in the Middle East