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"I Mourn for Muslim Men"

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Nashwa Khan just started writing as a columnist for Coming of Faith, and her debut columnist piece, “I Mourn for Muslim Men” has really taken off. Although most pieces on Coming of Faith speak about women’s experiences, Nashwa takes a different angle - examining the stereotype of Muslim men as violent and oppressive.

"Despite the fact that my father has worked tirelessly, defying circumstances to give the women in his life everything, I see a man who has been pigeonholed falsely as a “wife beater”, “honor killer”, and oppressive brown man. My father is a man whose practice of Islam coincides with his respect and honor of women, yet my father and many others are painted as vicious because of their Muslim names. The false perceptions of my father go further than Islamophobia and intertwine with his embodiment as a racialized man. At the intersection of being both a brown and Muslim man, my father has entered a losing situation when it comes to society believing that he is a good father and husband.

I mourn for the Muslim men in my life who are presumed guilty without a crime, largely a result of the media bias that has tainted Western society.”

http://www.comingoffaith.com/columns/i-mourn-for-muslim-men/

Filed under coming of faith COF nashwa khan muslim men islam Muslim women men women oppression oppressed women stereotypes stereotyped muslims muslim stereotypes violence domestic violence dvam dvam2014 domestic violence awareness month racism orientalism discrimination fathers families family south asian middle eastern brown skin poc morethanduaa

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De-Stabilizing the Emergent Binary of Empowered Girl vs. Muslim Girl

Producing Malala as the exception is a technique of power. Exception proceeds by individualizing and abstracting her from the local environment and cultures, and connecting her positive attributes to another source, such as her formal education, desire for success, and ambition. Her courage is, then, not read as grounded in local cultural practices that valorize social justice. Instead, she is positioned as a singular force against local customs and cultural elements. Marking Malala as the exception sustains the trope of the “oppressed Muslim girls” against which the concept of “empowered girls” is maintained. The discourse on empowered girls, thus, rearticulates Malala in its own terms, and distances her from other Muslim girls. She is made simultaneously to stand in for, represent and symbolize the oppressed Muslim girls, and positioned as the empowered girl who is not one of them. It denies other Muslim girls similar forms of empowered subjectivities. More importantly, it sustains the façade of Islam as an oppressive religion, making interventions—such as through universal education of girls, or empowerment projects—necessary and even ethically imperative

(Source: kawrage, via themindislimitless)

Filed under malala yousafzai exceptionalism Islam Muslim Muslim women oppression oppressed women orientalism malala nobel prize

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themindislimitless:

[Tweets from TrueNess @marfmellow that read: “Masculinity is seeped in dominance and control, to the point where our society has created a term where men do not have access to that power / Emasculation isn’t real. Your feelings do not negate your gender.”]

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