Malaysian Dramas: Put A Ring On It

By Ham It’s barely ten minutes past seven and I’ve already lost my appetite. It’s taking all of my willpower not to throw my dinner plate at the screen. My mother is seated across from me, passively taking in the sight. The female lead argues in a half-assed manner, “If you can’t respect me as…

The Hijab Syndrome

By Zuby Eusofe I started wearing hijab when I was 27. When I was in my 50s, I stopped. Some people may think I am going senile for removing my hijab at this age. But I had learnt that hijab is more than just the piece of cloth that covers one’s modesty. To me, hijab…

Moving Beyond Homogenizing The Hijab: Part 2

By Nurul Huda Rashid Of late, the term ‘hijab’ has been used pervasively across different contexts of discussion, from that of religion, ‘Islamization’, the symbolic, in movements and representation, and especially in relation to the discussion of women, ‘Muslim women’. The latter is a most contested term as it is often relegated a single identity…

Moving Beyond Homogenizing the Hijab: Part 1

By Diana Rahim It seems like we never stop talking about the Hijab. Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa unearthed a storm of anger and debate recently with their op-ed in the Washington Post which went down bitterly for understandable reasons. Although well-meaning, they also came across as condescending and reductive, not particularly acceptable in a…

On The “Deflection” of Suffering

By Diana Rahim It’s always so difficult to make that balance where your valid critiques of geopolitics, terrorism, empire & institutionalised islamophobia can be communicated without appearing like you are being deflective or unsympathetic to the victims of terror attacks. I know it’s because these large words & ‘ideas’ seem like very abstract, cold things when…

Ask Before Touching

*Content Note: Post discusses rape and marital rape It is common practice to ask before touching something that is not yours. The same rule applies to bodies. A husband does not own his wife or her body and must ask before touching it. She is the sole owner of her body and has the right…

more than this

I had the pleasure of reading the article “Here’s whats wrong with your hijab tourism and your cutesy modesty experiments” a few days ago, and this passage in particular resonated with me: “These approaches reduce Muslim women to veiled, enigmatic symbols of Oppression; and whether you’re upholding the veil as symbolic of oppression or purporting…

Look beyond the Hijab – How hijab is affecting decisions on education

In recent years, Muslim parents are asking the mainstream schools to take into consideration for Muslim girls to wear their hijabs to school but MOE is taking a strong stand against this idea . The reason given was that the mainstream schools subscribe to the idea of identical uniform represents a institute of equality and…