Women across the country gathered on the streets and fed their headscarves to bonfires. In dramatic public acts, they climbed cars and cut their hair. “Iranians will die,” they chanted, “but they won’t suffer humiliation.”
It is the Muslim Brotherhood and Banna’s vision for Islam in postcolonial modernity that most deeply characterizes Qaradawi’s ideological outlook. At the heart of this outlook is an understanding that Islam is characterized by “shumuliyya” (comprehensiveness).
In Pakistan, Khwaja Sira is an umbrella term for gender minorities, including transgender, nonbinary, intersex and gender nonconforming, often referred to as the “third gender.” Its definition has now become a national discourse as many argue who should be and not be included, and protected by law.
“I’ve never met a nomad who wanted to have more, in terms of possessions. But I’ve met an awful lot of people who live in cities who wish they lived more lightly.” Historian and travel writer Anthony Sattin joins New Lines’ Faisal Al Yafai to talk about how nomads changed history — and why their contribution has yet to be fully recognized.
The Florida synagogue’s argument that its religious freedom is compromised by an abortion ban is not a spurious action by an abortion-rights lobby within the congregation. It reflects a Jewish view that, while an abortion may be fraught with controversy, it is not an option to be denied.
Demonstrators are organizing large protests to take place after Friday prayers on Sept. 30. “Invaders do not become martyrs,” one poster says. People in the North Caucasus are acutely aware of what a Russian invasion feels like, even today. The 19th-century, anti-colonial war against tsarist forces, which raged for almost 50 years, took a terrible toll on the highlanders and still influences the modern mindset; there is scarcely a Dagestani home or family that does not have a portrait of the warrior Imam Shamil, the freedom fighter who took on imperial Russia.
A choice vs. an obligation, a clothing item vs. a symbol of oppression, a religious identity vs. political statement — the controversial fabric is, in fact, all the above and a bit more.