Women

Female Pilot Wins Suit Over Clothing Rules in Saudi Arabia

December 4, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On December 4, 2001, The Boston Globe reported that "the Air Force's highest-ranking female fighter pilot, Lieutenant Colonel Martha McSally, sued... to try to overturn a policy requiring servicewomen to wear restrictive Muslim clothing when off base in Saudi Arabia... McSally said the policy is unconstitutional and discriminatory. The US Central Command said the policy helps protect women from harassment."

Interview with Scholar Leila Ahmed

November 24, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On November 24, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an interview with Dr. Leila Ahmed, professor of women's studies in religion at Harvard Divinity School, who studies women in Islam and has started to examine these issues in the American context. Dr. Ahmed noted, "'I think increasingly the voice of Islam in America, or the many voices, will become enormously important to the rest of the Muslim world. This is the only place where we're free to think and speak - in addition to Europe - so it's a very extraordinary and rare historical...

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Muslim Women Converts Speak Out

November 21, 2001

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134369191_ramadan21m.html

On November 21, 2001, The Seattle Times reported that "as Ramadan begins its second week,...[female] Muslim converts find the Islamic holy month a welcome opportunity to reflect on their faith and their roles as women in the faith — issues they've thought about often since Sept. 11. And they also find themselves trying to explain or defend their...

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Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

November 11, 2001

Source: Newsday

On November 11, 2001, Newsday reported that after Sept. 11, many American-Muslim women experienced their own kind of 'profiling.' Some put aside the hijab out of fear. Some had it pulled off their hair by angry strangers. Others were merely labeled... In our own country, where some wear the hijab out of tradition or identity or as a daily connection to religion, there are endless internal and external debates among educated Muslim women...But the intense feelings that surround what the women wear reflect and echo the enormous symbolic...

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Jewish Women Perform Shmira, Sitting with Dead

November 6, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 6, 2001, The New York Times reported that the Orthodox Jewish ritual known as sitting shmira has taken on new dimensions in the wake of Septeber 11. In New York at the makeshift morgue for victims of the terror attacks, students from Stern College for Women fulfill the Jewish comandment "to keep watch over the dead, who must not be left alone from the moment of passing until burial... working in shifts from Friday afternoons until nightfall on Saturdays, the holiest part of the week. The rest of the time, the task is...

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American Muslims Find Faith and Community in College

November 3, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On November 3, 2001, The New York Times reported that many "colleges provide a haven for spiritual exploration... [and that] many American Muslims have become more religious at school." The article focuses on the experiences of American Muslim women in college. Nadia Aziz, communications director for a coalition of West Coast student groups, said "'I've see such a change in Muslim students in the past few years. There are so many more coming to Islam... Within this country there's an Islamic revival'... Many of the newly devout...

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Muslim Women Find Empowerment and Fear in Hijab

October 28, 2001

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On October 28, 2001, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article on Muslim women in Pittsburgh. Many of the women featured are more afraid to wear their head scarves since the September 11 backlash as it is a "visible manifestation of a Muslim woman's faith...Many Muslim women consider the head scarf a form of feminist expression, because it forces people to judge them by their character rather than their looks." Other women discussed how this is misunderstood in America, but one woman added that "'the U.S. is still one...

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Muslim-Jewish Marriages Face New Difficulties

October 28, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 28, 2001, The New York Times featured an article on marriages in which one partner is Jewish and the other Muslim. "These are trying times for couples in which one partner is Muslim. Last month's attack is intruding into their relationships in subtle and not so subtle ways, unearthing latent prejudices in their communities." The article focused on the story of two different couples living in New York.

Pagan Community of Arkansas

October 27, 2001

Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

On October 27, 2001, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, featured an article on Wicca and Paganism. The article discussed the diveristy of Neo-Paganism saying "Wiccans and Pagans have as many traditions as the Christian faith has denominations." The article also explianed that "Pagans view the Earth as sacred and believe the divine can be found in nature" and that the traditions incorporate the feminine divine noting "the concept of a goddess or goddesses...attracts many to the religion." The article also touched on "some of the...

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Muslims Against Terrorism

October 25, 2001

Source: The New York Times

On October 25, 2001 The New York Times featured the article "A Daughter of Islam, and an Enemy of Terror" about the efforts of Aasma Khan, co-founder of Muslims Against Terrorism. "The Sunday after the tragedy, she and 10 colleagues formed a Web site and syncronized their mission: education. They developed a curriculum, sent speakers to schools in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, and made a presentation at a Columbia University workshop attended by 400 directors of after-school programs. 'The best way to stop the cycle of hate is...

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At Halloween Time, Article Explores Paganism in US

October 25, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/298/at_home/Air_spirit_fire_water_earth_nature_death_rebirth_Paganism%2b.shtml

On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an article on Paganism. The article explains, "Paganism goes under many names, including 'wicca,' 'goddess traditions,' 'Earth-based spirituality,' 'neo-paganism,' and 'the craft.'" It continues, "Pagans base their ritual...

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Volunteer Efforts to Assist Muslim and Arab-American Women

October 22, 2001

Source: Salon.com

http://www.salon.com/mwt/feature/2001/10/22/women_of_cover/index.html

On October 22, 2001, Salon.com featured the story "Stand beside her" which reported on volunteer efforts to help Muslim and Arab-American women feel safe. In St. Louis, "Local volunteers have come forward to act as escorts for those who have been threatened, or feel threatened, by knee-jerk reactions to their clothing or appearance. Similar ad hoc programs have sprung up,...

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Editorial: "Bias has Always Existed but Now is More Overt"

October 21, 2001

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 21, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an essay by Christina Safiya Tobias-Nahi, an American Muslim who works for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University, an organization "founded in 1996 to support racial and ethnic justice through research and advocacy." The editorial discusses several stories of discrimination Muslims have faced in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks. Tobias-Nahi has been active in the Civil Rights Project's working group to address Muslim civil rights concerns.

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