What is the meaning of the religious attire worn by some Muslim women? Are hijab and niqab hallmarks of the retrograde nature of Islam? Do they signal radicalisation and submission to male patriarchy – or self-determination and individual empowerment? These questions have been ceaselessly debated across Europe for years. In Germany, a new round of legal measures, … [Read more...] about Free choice and its discontents: Germany debates Muslim women’s attire
Mesut Özil’s resignation from the Germany national football team after a racist witch-hunt that had blamed him and his Turkish heritage for Germany's poor showing at the world cup in Russia energised anti-racist activism in Germany. Under the #MeTwo hashtag, countless internet users related their personal experiences of everyday discrimination and racism. Many of the stories … [Read more...] about Racism and far-right bias: Germany’s intelligence and policing institutions under scrutiny
On Friday, January 30th, 2015 the Women's Mosque of America hosted its first Friday Prayer at its location in Los Angeles. Founders and co-Presidents, M. Hasna Maznavi and Sana Muttalib welcomed the group of worshipers, journalists, and curious guests stating that at this new mosque, "we will not be policing any bodies." According to Maznavi, the "policing" of bodies was one of … [Read more...] about Women’s Mosque of America hosts first Friday Prayer in Los Angeles
May 25, 2014 New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, made the right decision last month when he said he would disband a unit used by his predecessor, Raymond Kelly, to spy on law-abiding Muslims as they worshiped or patronized businesses in their communities. Beyond proving useless for intelligence purposes, the Demographics Unit undermined the fight against … [Read more...] about Muslims and the N.Y.P.D.