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Storytelling: Or, Autoethnography in the Academic Industrial Complex

September 14, 2012
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Storytelling: Or, Autoethnography in the Academic Industrial Complex

By Mejdulene B. Shomali When my sisters and I were young, we’d ask our father to tell us a story before bedtime. I’m not sure how this request came about, except that we watched our fair share of television, where programs like Full House and Family Matters dominated the after-school scene, and impressed upon...
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There Is No Water in Our Survival Kit

September 4, 2012
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There Is No Water in Our Survival Kit

By Fakhra Hassan The date is 28th April, 2012. The city is Lahore. The venue is the Lahore Press Club. On behalf of the Institute of Peace and Secular Studies (IPSS), we come together to condemn one of the most brutal massacres of Hazara Shi’as, yet another persecuted minority sect, that has made it...
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Go (or don't go?) Topless Day

August 26, 2012
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Go (or don't go?) Topless Day

By Marie-Laure Rives Today is Go Topless Day! GoTopless.org is a U.S.-based organization founded in 2007, claiming that women have the same constitutional right as men to go bare-chested in public. Moira Johnston, an activist who has already been walking topless through New York City streets for the past weeks, explains that she wants “to...
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On Being Terrorized and “Terrorist”

August 14, 2012
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On Being Terrorized and “Terrorist”

By Nishant Upadhyay I was born June 5, 1984 in Prince Edward Island (PEI). In Amritsar that day, Indira Gandhi ordered Indian troops to attack the Golden Temple.  Hundreds of Sikhs were killed.  State-sponsored genocide. Some 28 years later, August 5, 2012, Vivaan, my nephew, first great grandchild to my grandparents, is born in...
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On “America’s New Sweetheart”: Gabby Douglas, Black Performance, and Belonging

August 10, 2012
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On “America’s New Sweetheart”: Gabby Douglas, Black Performance, and Belonging

By John Murillo III   Meditations on African performance and subjectivity are always already spoken by this grammar and haunted by these ghosts. For whatever ‘Africa’ means when spoken by Africans, whatever it means in the moment of performance, that cannot change Africa’s paradigmatic relation to other place-names and the people of those places....
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Reframing the Discussion: Concluding Thoughts on the Forum on Muslim Feminisms.

August 5, 2012
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Reframing the Discussion: Concluding Thoughts on the Forum on Muslim Feminisms.

By Dana Olwan and Sophia Azeb For too long, Muslim feminists have endured the question of whether Islam and feminism can coexist. This seemingly innocent question, asked on the part of concerned feminists and others, presumes (and sometimes even enshrines) the claim of Islam’s incongruity with feminism. The underlying assumptions that frame this tired...
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Pot Roast and Imperial Justifications

August 5, 2012
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Pot Roast and Imperial Justifications

By Amal Rana “how come you don’t cover your hair?” my breath punches out of me in one big gasp as I pretend not to hear her “so how come you don’t cover your hair like all the women in your country?” she asks me again persistent, insistent, she is unaware that there is any...
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In honour of the leadership of US-born African-American/African-Caribbean/African-Latin@ Muslim women in responding to HIV/AIDS

August 4, 2012
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In honour of the leadership of US-born African-American/African-Caribbean/African-Latin@ Muslim women in responding to HIV/AIDS

By Prof Dr. Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé Islam can be fun! (Especially when dismantling interlocking oppressions and building just, sustainable, loving and laughing communities of resistance: Who knew!) Today, I have been writing on Islam and disabilities, about building truly inclusive communities, about thinking “beyond the room.” In the process of doing that, I started...
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Court: Namibia HIV Sterilization Violated Rights

August 3, 2012
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Three women of Namibia who have been diagnosed as HIV positive were coercively sterilized in violation of their basic rights, the High Court in Windhoek found on Monday. The court case was first filed in 2010, and the women are expected to be awarded financially, though no specific amounts have been disclosed. The three women, in...
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Salam in the City

August 3, 2012
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Salam in the City

By Sinat Giwa I’m told that I’m a stickler for formalities. My house on Rockwell Street in Chicago was its own sovereignty, where no closed doors (there were not many) went un-knocked before entering. No entry to the house went unacknowledged. No one ever left home without saying, “see you soon.” My parents’ friends or...
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    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]

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    Slipping Under   Like a ghost, I prepare a bath behind a door   that hasn’t locked long as I remember.   When my mother or grandmother knocks at the open door,   I obscure what they call my “new breasts” under the soap water   and focus on the [...]

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    CONFESSION Sometimes one willingly enters a dark and empty space, the creaking of the loose boards below, the phantom moonlight above. · I had a dream that I was carrying a wounded deer in my arms. He lay there limp, depending on me completely and solely for the permission to [...]