The French film Cuties (Mignonnes) streaming on Netflix has been denounced for sexualising girls and making them vulnerable to paedophilia. Though rightly focusing on gender, these critiques have all been curiously mute on the film’s depiction of race. This silence is deafening for a film that features a Muslim girl as the lead character. Indeed,Continue reading “‘CUTIES’ Recycles the Same Damaging Stereotypes About Muslim Women. But Where was the Outrage?”
The top American fashion label, Tommy Hilfiger, has recently launched its latest accessory – the hijab – complete with its iconic initials ‘TH’ branded into the fabric. The fashion hijab is the latest, but almost certainly not the final, co-option of Islamic dress by the hawkish fashion industry, joining a closet stocked with haute coutureContinue reading “Warping Faith: Big Brands and Government Are Refashioning Muslim Identity”
“God says in the Quran, whoever kills one innocent soul,” said a victim, emphatically punctuating the air with her index finger, “it is as if he has killed the entire mankind.” She continued in a quivering voice, pregnant with restrained grief: “You killed 51.” This woman was one of the 34 spouses, 92 children andContinue reading “The Indirect Victims of the Christchurch Mosque Massacre”
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I am a PhD candidate at the university of Cambridge, UK. I am an active member of MEND. I am dedicated in pushing back against Islamophobia through my research and through my activism.