The Why and Why Not of Being an Indian Muslim Woman

By Nurul Huda When I was a girl of age 7, understanding only a fraction of what it meant to be a woman, I attended primary school, dizzy with the possibility of learning and socializing, eager to meet other girls I could call friend. But, I was rather quiet and shy back then, and so,…

Social Media Intrusion: The Empathy Myth

By Nurul Fadiah Johari Over the past few years since becoming more active on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, I started noticing a few trends. People seem to “know” about your private life without having to ask you about your day, and people form various prejudgments about you without even having met you….

March is International Women’s month and to celebrate this we will be running a 5-part blog series on “Questions Muslim Women Get Asked”. Muslim women in Singapore face a barrage of questions and comments everyday from the people around them, especially from members of the community. This blog series will share the experiences and thoughts of…

The Sacred Self

By Nurul Fadiah Johari I have a memory of my little sister going through circumcision. It is all vague to me now. I was 4, and she was a baby. I only remember being brought over to the house of an old masseuse who provided my mother with post-natal care. I remember hearing my sister,…

The Problem of Sunat Perempuan

By Filzah Sumartono So I was talking to my friend the other day and I brought up the issue of sunat perempuan or female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C). And my friend seemed pretty nonchalant about it. Yeah, well…it’s something that is done when the child is very young, all kids have to do it, right? –…

The Pain of Remembering

By Zuby Eusofe I was six years old when I was forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) aka sunat perempuan. I was in a deep sleep and all of a sudden, I felt a sharp prick on my clitoris. I was shocked, clueless and traumatised. I didn’t know what was happening to me. When…

Leave Them Alone

By Zubaida Ali When my daughters were born, I made the decision not to have them circumcised. Female circumcision is one of the most puzzling birth rituals in Muslim society. It has no health or aesthetic value whatsoever. Circumcision was usually performed by a traditional midwife but now it is performed by a medical doctor at the…

Let’s Talk About “Sunat Perempuan”

By Afiqa Ab Rahman Recently I attended a workshop where participants from Singapore, Malaysia, India, and Thailand shared their experiences and discussed about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Variations of the term include Female Genital Cutting (FGC) or “Sunat Perempuan”. It was intriguing to hear the experiences and research findings from various countries. But what intrigued…

In commemoration of International Day of Zero Tolerance from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, Beyond the Hijab will be running a 6-part series of blog posts by women living in Singapore about their thoughts and reflections on the practice of female circumcision in Singapore. Let’s Talk about “Sunat Perempuan” Leave Them Alone My Body…

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…