Aquila Style, the magazine for cosmopolitan Muslim women, has moved from a print magazine to publishing for tablets only. I’ve written for their online and print editions before, but have published several new articles for their tablet-based magazine – including an article on Khawlah bint al-Azwar and another on Moroccan feminist (and legend!) Fatima Mernissi.
Special thanks to the lovely ladies at Sixteen R for choosing me as their very first “Power Girl”! I received the most touching email from Sixteen R asking me to be interviewed, and I’m so glad I said yes – I’m now blessed to call these remarkable women friends.
Read Sixteen R founder Nancy Hoque’s interview with me here.
Buy Sixteen R’s Power Girl scarf here, and learn more about the women who inspire it!
From the interview: “…when you are constantly surrounded by reminders of the tremendous challenges we face on a global scale, it’s vitally important to remind yourself of what is beautiful and good around you. Otherwise, your own potential can be lost in fear and worry. Fear is human, but we must not let it deceive us into believing that it is more powerful than our values.” (PS: Here are a few more photos of the scarf, which is not just “powerful,” but also ultra-comfortable to wear! Who says it needs to be a hijab? Wear it around your neck, as a belt, or tied to a bag, if you like!)
For all of those killed by the states, countries, authorities, and families who should be protecting them.
Please visit the Innocence Project today.
As if the Iranian regime weren’t busy enough cracking down on dissent in their own country (that’s politespeak for “torturing and slaughtering people”, by the way) …
Love, Inshallah: the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, has been a hot topic on social media – and they’re looking for contributors. Click here if you’re interested.
Another blogger to watch is Hamza Khan, who reminds us of the legacy of Khadijah and Aisha as today’s Muslim women tackle dictators, the Taliban and lack of funding for public health.
My apologies for the very rare updates to this blog.
Many of you responded positively to my interview with Valerie Khan Yusufzai of the Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan.
I have been in regular touch with Valerie and the staff of the Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan since the 2010 floods, which have affected over 20 million people – including survivors of acid violence.
Valerie and her team are helping both survivors of acid violence and their surrounding communities to recover from the devastation of the floods. We have been discussing the coordination of small shipments of aid (including clothing, mosquito repellant and food) from the United States, but need your help. We realize that it is actually more expensive to purchase and ship goods from the US, Canada and Europe to Pakistan than it would be for the ASF-Pakistan team to purchase these goods themselves with donated funds. In this economy, many of us may only be able to donate a few dollars – which wouldn’t ship anything internationally, but will buy food locally.
If you are interested in donating any amount to the Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan, please click here for bank information as well as a link to a donation form. The Acid Survivors Foundation of Pakistan is part of Acid Survivors Trust International. Please visit their site as well to answer any questions you might have about their work, goals, and finances.
Beautifully Wrapped is a calendar project to support 10,000 Girls in Senegal. Click here to learn more and order. (Ships worldwide via Amazon.)
Click here for an August 2010 article in Portugal’s Publica (weekend edition of Portugal’s largest daily, Publico), about why I don’t support a ban on the niqab. (Portuguese.)
And click here for my interview with Muna AbuSulayman for Aquila Asia, a magazine for cosmopolitan Muslim women in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.