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[26 Sep 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
A Complicated Matter: The Role of Women, Patriarchy in Egypt

Nadine Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt
“Morsi’s conservative stance on the place of women in society is empathetic to the predominant Egyptian family model, but it is unrelated to the mounting mistreatment of women in the public sphere.”
A young Egyptian artist participating in a public art workshop put up posters around the city–one in Tahrir Square on the eve of elections–of an Egyptian man and woman holding hands and smiling. In each case, she returned to find that the posters were vandalized or torn down. Why? The friendly couple was mixed. In each image, …

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[6 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
US, Middle East Myths on Gender Equality

Helen Rizzo
Cairo, Egypt
“A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.”
The idea that the West and Middle East have extremely different views on gender equality has gained traction in recent years. However, feminists and progressive activists in the West and the Middle East share many values when it comes to gender equality. A deeper look at the diverse examples of feminist activism shows that the two regions have more in common than one might think.
In both …

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[23 Aug 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Revisiting the Western Harem and the Pursuit of Beauty

Yasmina Mrabet
Washington, D.C. USA
“Here I am, in a precarious condition. I struggle to maintain the standard of ‘beauty’ society demands and my authentic presence is inhibited. A focus on the external renders my internal being invisible. “
“Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” – John Berger
In Scheherazade Goes West: Different Cultures, Different Harems, Fatema Mernissi describes the reactions of Westerners upon learning that she was born in a ‘harem.’ Westerners described and thought of this word as some kind of “…voluptuous wonderland drenched with heavy sex …

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[26 Jul 2012 | No Comment | ]
Our Muslim Sisters and Brothers Celebrate Ramadan, the Holy Month of Fasting

The following are a series of links to resources that highlight health considerations and traditions during Ramadan, the holy month of fasting observed by Muslims around the world.

This Huffington Post article looks at History, Dates, Greeting, and Rules Of The Muslim Fast.
Muslimah Media Watch posted Ramadan (Food) and the Working Girl, an article by a woman who highlights three key lessons she has learned after 13 years of observing Ramadan. offers great tips on Ramadan and Productivity, including info on nutrition and workouts during this month of fasting, and studying …