UK Muslim women boxers enter the ring, fearless fighters far removed from the submissive stereotype
I have come to an amateur boxing club based in Sandy's community centre in Craigmillar to smack a battered punchbag with British student boxing champion Saira Tabasum. Next week Tabasum will take a starring role in No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, a play developed by former UK female boxing champion Ambreen Sadiq and theatre company Common Wealth. Via monologues set in a ring, the site-specific show tells the stories of teenage Muslim women from Bradford: young, fearless women who obliterate convention by boxing."Someone said why don't you do a play about FGM or honour killings, but in a way we...More
UK Muslim women boxers enter the ring, fearless fighters far removed from the submissive stereotype
I have come to an amateur boxing club based in Sandy's community centre in Craigmillar to smack a battered punchbag with British student boxing champion Saira Tabasum. Next week Tabasum will take a starring role in No Guts, No Heart, No Glory, a play developed by former UK female boxing champion Ambreen Sadiq and theatre company Common Wealth. Via monologues set in a ring, the site-specific show tells the stories of teenage Muslim women from Bradford: young, fearless women who obliterate convention by boxing."Someone said why don't you do a play about FGM or honour killings, but in a way we...More
DKNY's Ramadan collection shows that Muslim dress means more than the burqa
No fashion faux pas here: everything in the collection is beautiful – and halalMuslim women’s clothes are once again in the spotlight, in a week where the European Court of Human Rights has upheld France’s ban on burqa and niqab. But there’s another controversy taking place around how Muslim women dress themselves, and this time, it’s DKNY’s Ramadan Summer 2014 collection, styled by two Middle Eastern women: Yada Golsharifi, fashion editor of Styles Magazine; and Tamara Al Gabbani, a fashion designer in Dubai.The collection includes long, flowing dresses, skirts, and jumps...More
First female president of Islamic Society of Britain
THE first woman to be appointed president of the Islamic Society of Britain, Sughra Ahmed, will give the next Ferguson Lecture at Bishop’s Stortford College. She will give an insight into Islam, Christianity and British Muslims. The Ferguson Lectures are a programme to provide opportunities for people to meet, discuss and ponder on a wide range of contemporary topics, named after an eminent former pupil Professor John Ferguson to commemorate his outstanding contribution to education.Sughra, pictured, is programmes manager at the Woolf Institute in the Centre for Policy and Public Education at Cambridge...More
Growing killing of female singers in Pakistan
  Peshawar's artistic community is reeling from the killing of a popular local singer, the latest attack against a female artist in Pakistan's deeply conservative northwest.  Gul Naz, who sang in Pashto and used the stage name Muskan, was shot dead at her home in Peshawar on June 18. "Several people entered her house at around 10:00 am," local police officer Sibghatullah told RFE/RL. "After exchanging harsh words, they opened fire on her." Gul Naz died later in the hospital. No suspect has been named so far, although a local police official told the AFP ne...More
Malaysian preacher advises women not to watch World Cup
Kuala Lampur: A Malaysian Muslim preacher has urged Muslim women not to watch the football world cup matches as they may commit “zina mata” or “visual fornication” by watching the matches. Datuk Daud Che Ngah said women might be aroused by the sight of athletic men wearing shorts. “If a woman watches a football match, they will indirectly see the ‘aurat’ of the players,” he said.‘Aurat’ in Malay refers to body parts between the navel and the knee.“Watching the ‘aurat’ until it causes sexual excitement can be categorised as ‘zina&r...More
Afghan women past and present, voice that won't be silenced
Dressed modestly, with a red headscarf loosely draped over her head and shoulders, she steps onto the stage and nervously paces back and forth. Waiting for the music to begin and break the silence, she almost misses her first note before quietly singing into the microphone.Her voice chokes when one of four judges turns his chair to face her; she awkwardly bows her head and smiles. But she sings more confidently when the sole female judge turns around a few minutes later. The singer is through to the next stage.In a country ranked by a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll as the most dangerous place in the world f...More
UK Muslim women boxers enter the ring, fearless fighters far removed from the submissive stereotype
DKNY's Ramadan collection shows that Muslim dress means more than the burqa
First female president of Islamic Society of Britain
Growing killing of female singers in Pakistan
Malaysian preacher advises women not to watch World Cup
Afghan women past and present, voice that won't be silenced
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