France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

France denies burqa rights as Canadian Muslim women enjoy more religious freedom

Elsa Rizkallah – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/CGN) Montreal, CANADA, AMERICAS: As the burqa controversy continues to make headlines in France, it is worth examining what France could learn from Canada, which has worked to reconcile freedom of religion with national security and women rights. Bills banning the burqa – a garment that fully covers […]

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I have spent the last twenty years working on issues of women and religious censorship.  As a feminist activist in International PEN and then in Women’s WORLD, I couldn’t help noticing that increasing numbers of women writers were being targeted by […]

International Museum of Women art exhibit works to dispel Muslim stereotyping

International Museum of Women art exhibit works to dispel Muslim stereotyping

Faiza Elmasry – WNN GlobalARTS (WNN/VOA) San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: The online Muslima exhibition, by the International Museum of Women, highlights the individuality of Muslim women and the rich diversity of their thoughts and contributions. The exhibit’s curator says one of the goals is to dispel negative stereotypes. The Arabic word “muslima” means […]

Muslims are part of the fabric of American society

Muslims are part of the fabric of American society

Hena Khan – WNN SOAPBOX (WNN/CGN) Rockville, Maryland, UNITED STATES: While recently watching the film Argo, I was transported back to second grade. It was in 1979, during the Iran Hostage Crisis, that I became acutely aware of being the only Muslim in my public school. Even at that young age I realized that my […]

Cracking through the myth about Muslim men in America

Cracking through the myth about Muslim men in America

Nadia S. Mohammad  – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES: “Terrorist.” “Jihadist.” “Misogynist.” “Brown.” “Bearded.” “Un-American.” These are the terms and images often associated with Muslim men in America. A compilation of autobiographical essays by Muslim American men, All-American: 45 American Muslim Men on Being Muslim, presents a series of personal accounts that […]

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Breaking the myths of sharia law, women and Islam

Dr. Julie Macfarlane – WNN Opinion (WNN/CGN) Kingsville, Ontario, CANADA: Recently, Florida’s House of Representatives passed a bill (which later died in the state Senate) to ban the use of “foreign law” in domestic courtrooms. Such a bill may seem innocuous but according to the Miami Herald, flyers have circulated in Senate offices describing sharia […]

Documentary: (Un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab

Documentary: (Un)veiled: Muslim Women Talk About Hijab

Claire Panetta – WNN Review (Un)veiled is a new documentary that looks at the role of the hijab, or veil, in the lives of Muslim women. Through interviews with a group of women living in Dubai and excerpts from a lecture given on the topic at the University of Sharjah, the film attempts to provide […]