Feryal Abbasi-Ghnaim (Mama)

by Safa Ghnaim, http://www.safasofia.com, June 3, 2011 My mom, lovely photo by Jen Dougherty In writing a reflection paper for my class on multicultural education, I thought of my mom. I am now… Continue reading

Beginnings of Arab Feminism

The invisibility of Arab feminism to the Western world is not indicative of its existence as the thriving, yet complex, form in which it manifests. In 1909, Malak Hifni Nasif published a collection of works in… Continue reading

Cultural Variations of Message in Arabs and Americans

While the [Arab and American] styles are very different, most cultural differences tend to lie below the surface of one’s awareness. Without a conscious awareness of how another culture is different from one’s… Continue reading

Trifecta of Arab Feminism

Since the recent assassination of Osama bin Laden, negative representations of the Arab-Islamic community have resurfaced in the mainstream and social media outlets despite the stamina and success of the Arab revolution. The Arab… Continue reading

What kind of Cultural Feminist are you?

One evening, over an Algerian meal, I was introduced to the concept of dual cultural identity. It was posited that the skill of dual culturalism is what the Arab American possesses, not a bicultural one. We were discussing ways of… Continue reading

Arab Feminist Perspective on the Burqa, Niqab & Hijab

Before this article delves into its substance, I want to clarify what the Burqa, the Niqab and the Hijab are because the terms are incorrectly used interchangeably. It is uncomfortable as a conversation… Continue reading

Anti-consumerism and a hairdryer

  “In [the consumerist’s] collective delusion, development is confused with consumerism, wastefulness with success, and growth with fattening. The pandemic is considered a sign of good health. [Consumerist] “success” has been so overwhelming that there is… Continue reading

10 Myths on Arab Women

At the point of intersection, between the Arab experience and the American experience, you will find me. I have struggled between rejecting the stereotypes of Arab womanhood in the United States popular culture,… Continue reading

The Arab Feminist

What once was considered an oxy-moron, has been resurrected into a new wave of female solidarity, empathy and courage in the Arab feminist movement. The attention brought to Arab female activists has complicated… Continue reading

Meet… Iman Al-Obeidi

Last night, in discussions over tea I learned about Iman Al-Obeidi. She is a  young Libyan woman who is largely regarded a hero around the world based on her courageous cry for help… Continue reading