Book Review: Wafa Darwish’s Memoir, Not Done With Life Yet

I recently discovered Not Done With Life Yet on my bookshelf and I was surprised it had hidden itself away from me for the last year. I received it as a gift from my cousin on my last trip to Palestine. She handed it to me at the end of my trip when I hadContinue reading “Book Review: Wafa Darwish’s Memoir, Not Done With Life Yet”

Dressing the Same: London Mayor Candidate Sadiq Khan on Hijab

For Muslimah Media Watch: In the UK, Sadiq Khan, the first Muslim MP for Labour, is campaigning to be the mayor of London. In recent news, comments from an interview with him stated, ‘Questions need to be asked about why Muslim women wear hijabs’. Now at first glance, I thought this must have been quotedContinue reading “Dressing the Same: London Mayor Candidate Sadiq Khan on Hijab”

An interview with Filmmaker, Nijla Mu’min

With an accolade of awards and recognition for her screenwriting, including her work in progress film, Jinn which has already received several high ratings on the industry script database, Shereen Malherbe speaks to filmmaker Nijla Mu’min about her new highly anticipated first feature film. SM: Tells us about your film Jinn in a snapshot. NM:Continue reading “An interview with Filmmaker, Nijla Mu’min”

A Profile of Yasmin Choudhury, Founder of Lovedesh

This week I interviewed Yasmin Choudhury, winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year at the British Muslim Awards for her social entrepreneurship business, Lovedesh. Waking up early to talk to me on a Saturday morning, Yasmin was full of energy, despite the time. She jumped straight in with the background on how Lovedesh started. DuringContinue reading “A Profile of Yasmin Choudhury, Founder of Lovedesh”

#Traditionally Submissive: Cameron’s Initiative, Language Barriers and Discrimination

I am assuming David Cameron’s ‘plans to “help” more Muslim women to speak fluent English’ were supposed to come across as a positive move? How can this education programme be seen as anything but positive when learning the country’s language is such an important tool for empowerment and social inclusion? Several commentators have made thisContinue reading “#Traditionally Submissive: Cameron’s Initiative, Language Barriers and Discrimination”

A Roundtable on Dejabbing Part 1, by Muslimah Media Watch

  ‘The Toronto Star recently had an article interviewing four women about their “dejabbing” experiences. The title is “Why we stopped wearing the hijab.” However, the seemingly simple notion of removing the headscarf is acknowledged to be a complicated process. The article explains that “From safety to spirituality, each woman has her own reasons” for no longer wearingContinue reading “A Roundtable on Dejabbing Part 1, by Muslimah Media Watch”

Is European Muslimah fashion based on conformity & fear?

‘…women are still predominantly judged based on their appearances over their abilities- factors which could be a more disturbing indicator of why Muslim women seek alternative ways to fit in with society.’ Muslimah Media Watch article, ‘Is the rise of European fashion based on conformity & fear? by Shereen Malherbe.