The Runnymede Trust has recently launched a new report entitled ‘The New Muslims’, edited by Claire Alexander, Victoria Redclift and Ajmal Hussain. The report explores the wide range of Muslim identities and cultures. The report is accompanied by a short film ‘Muslim Multicultures’ which you can watch in this post.
Much has been made of the participation of the first Saudi woman in Olympics, with discussions on the headscarf and its compatibility with international sport. While it is an important debate, the media has completely glossed over the participation of many other Muslim women in London 2012. Sertaç Sehlikoglu argues that this is because non-stereotypical images of Muslim women puzzle the male colonial gaze. In this post, she aims to propound a more comprehensive understanding of the debates on Muslim sportswomen.
Racism in sports, especially football, is one of the most discussed topics of our time, John Terry’s acquittal being the most recent controversy. ‘Kick it Out’ is the leading football equality and inclusion campaign. In this post, we talk to Richard Bates from Kick it Out about the potential of sport to bring about a social change.
Aisha Farooq writes about her experiences of being a modern Muslim woman in Britian. She criticises the media for stereotypical representations of Muslim women in burqas and deliberates on what repercussions this has on her identity.
Ramadan, a period of religious fasting for Muslims, began earlier this month. Sara Yasin critically reflects on the role of women during Ramadan – their duties, access to public religious spaces and their status within religion and family. She talks about how her personal experiences made her question and rethink Islam and its practices and how she learnt about Islam from a feminist perspective.