Azizah and Its Representation of Muslim Women

April 19, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 19, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "there's a new magazine competing for women's attention. It's called Azizah. And this multiracial, multiethnic quarterly by and about 'muslimah,' as Muslim women are called in Arabic, goes beyond the inaccurate but persistent portrayals of them as silent, inactive doormats... In Azizah, a Muslim woman can be a New York City corrections officer, a business entrepreneur, or a former prime minister of Pakistan. She may dress traditionally in loose-fitting clothes and covered hair, or don Western gear and wear her locks unfettered... Some women consider Azizah a major advance. Others are horrified by a Muslim magazine touting cover subjects whose smiles and makeup transform them into alluring women -- despite the 'hijabs' that cover their hair."