‘It’s Like a War’: On the Ground at the Iran Protests

Mahsa Amini’s death ignited a movement. In the weeks since the 22-year-old, who is also known by her Kurdish name, Jina, died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly “improperly” wearing her hijab and “tight” pants, protests have erupted daily in Iran. As the nation’s young women lead the call for gender equality, freedom … Read more

What to Know About the Iranian Female Climber Who Competed Without a Hijab

Thus article was originally published by Vogue. The recent protests in Iran have drawn attention to the country over the last month.  Against this backdrop of international scrutiny, Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi recently competed without her hijab—an action that was seen by many as a gesture of protest, though it is unclear if this … Read more

American Muslim Women Say Wearing the Hijab Should Be a Personal Choice

Then, when Zanial was in college, Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, were murdered in their Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home. Both women wore the hijab. “I just remember me and so many of my friends in college, it felt like we lost family members,” she says. “And … Read more

At Least Two 16-Year-Olds Have Died in Iran’s Protests

Teenage girls are on the frontlines of Iran’s protest movement over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, also known by her Kurdish name Jina, in Tehran police custody. Advocacy group Iran Human Rights estimates that 19 children have died among 185 total in the last three weeks of protest. Over the last week, the deaths … Read more

The Problem With ‘Borrowing’ From Other People’s Religious Traditions

In 1978, Edward Said defined Orientalism as “a style of thought based upon an ontological and epistemological distinction made between ‘the Orient’ and (most of the time) ‘the Occident.’ He documented how orientalism framed Islam as Eastern and judged it inferior to the West, which in contrast was defined geographically as North America and Europe … Read more