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[19 Jan 2012 | 6 Comments | ]
A Woman Photographs the Revolution: Insights from Myriam Abdelaziz

Myriam Abdelaziz

“In Egypt when the authorities realized women are actually a threat, and maybe even more so than men, they started to react.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed photographer Myriam Abdelaziz about her work covering the revolution in Egypt. Her responses are below.
What inspired you to photograph in Egypt and other Arab countries?
I’m originally from the region—I understand the culture and think there are many interesting stories to tell. There are a lot of stories that foreign photographers might not be able to understand or get and I feel it’s …

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[10 Jan 2012 | One Comment | ]
There are already Palestinian Gandhis — they’re women

 Mati Milstein

“The Israeli army has long ago formulated a standard response to men throwing rocks, but at this moment it remains pretty much helpless when facing strong and vocal nonviolent women.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed photojournalist Mati Milstein about his current project: Palestine: Women First, curated by Saher Saman.  His responses are below.
What inspired you to begin photographing Palestinian women activists?
I first started photographing the activists during the March 15, 2011 Palestinian unity rallies in Ramallah, which called for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. At that time, the only …

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[27 Dec 2011 | No Comment | ]
Confronting Our Ignorance: As Americans, As Muslims, and As Women

**This week we’re reposting some of our favorite articles from the past year. Our interview with Amina Wadud was one of our most popular postings, and in it Amina shares with us her personal journey as an African American Muslim woman in America, and the evolution of her identity and activism. We chose to repost this interview because of the insights Amina offers on how to create a space that includes the voices of women as scholars of Islam.**
Amina Wadud
Amina Wadud is an internationally acclaimed scholar, human rights activist, and …

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[21 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Muslim Americans Stand Up against Domestic Violence

Salma Elkadi Abugideiri
“We as Muslims should be the forerunners in the domestic violence movement, because our religion mandates us to stand for justice and to stand against oppression of any kind.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, Co-Director of the Peaceful Families Project, about her work addressing domestic violence issues in American Muslim communities. Her responses are below.
What led you to focus your work on combating domestic violence in American Muslim communities in particular?
I am a mental health professional by training and it was my intention as a …