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Jan.06.2014
As we enter the last few weeks of the Muslima: Muslim Women's Art & Voices exhibition by the International Museum of Women, I have found myself reflecting on the hundreds of women included in this groundbreaking exhibition. Each and every one of these women is included...
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Jan.06.2014
As 2013 draws to a close, "Top 10 of the year" lists are predictably ubiquitous. But here's a list I doubt you'll see elsewhere -- 10 Muslim women artists and leaders from around the world who are shaking up the status quo. This handful of incredibly talented visionaries and change-makers are all...
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Dec.02.2013
By now, many of you know that Marvel Comic's next Ms. Marvel will be Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old high school student from Jersey City who happens to be a Muslim. With the award-winning writer, G. Willow Wilson, penning her adventures, I'm confident Kamala Khan will be a welcome change from the usual...
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Dec.02.2013
If you had to write your entire life's story in six words, what would those six words be? Seems impossible, right? I mean, how can anyone sum up an entire life with just six words? As a novelist, I understand this initial gut response: at least 300 pages and 100,000 words are needed to begin the...
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Dec.02.2013
Host Michael Brooks speaks to author, activist and curator, Samina Ali, about the new virtual art exhibition highlighting Muslim Women's Art & Voices by the International Museum of Women. They discuss the range of Muslim women's artistic expression, the relevance of modern Islamic art, why the...
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Oct.22.2013
As the curator for the International Museum of Women’s new global exhibition, Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, the one question I find myself repeatedly asking is, “What’s the first image that comes to mind when you think of a Muslim woman?"     The sad reality is that many...
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Sep.23.2013
As we commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11, an important but often overlooked question to ask is: What have Muslim women been doing since 9/11 to promote peace and justice? It’s a question few think to ask because—according to our popular stereotypes—Muslim women are either too in thrall to...
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Sep.23.2013
As we commemorate the 12th anniversary of 9/11 today, we continue to face turbulence, extremism and hostility between faiths, a continued legacy of that day's terrible events. As the curator of Muslima, a new online exhibition about contemporary Muslim women, I can't help but wonder where are...
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Sep.23.2013
Over the past few months, I've been repeatedly asking people the same question: What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of a Muslim woman? Inevitably, whether I'm speaking to a group of graduate students at a prestigious university, to journalists from around the world, or to a...
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Apr.09.2013
A few weeks ago the Commission on the Status of Women convened to focus on eliminating and preventing all forms of violence against women and girls. The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stood in solidarity with women globally. Ki-Moon said: "A new movement involving millions of people is taking...
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Mar.27.2013
  I often find myself in the middle of discussions with strangers about how little people know about Islam. Those making the critique are usually not Muslims themselves and the reason they're telling me this is because they've just met me as part of my work. For over a decade, I've sought to...
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Mar.27.2013
  As the curator for the International Museum of Women’s new global exhibition,Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, the one question I’m repeatedly asked is, “What common trait do Muslim women artists and leaders around the world share that strikes you?” My answer: their courage. The sad...
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Sep.28.2012
Thank you everyone for your interest in and enthusiasm for our forthcoming and revolutionary exhibition on Muslim Women's Arts & Voices!  Many of you have expressed your interest in participating but are discouraged that because of your age and/or location, you are not eligible to...
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Sep.28.2012
Thank you everyone for your interest in and enthusiasm for our forthcoming and revolutionary exhibition on Muslim Women's Arts & Voices!  Many of you have expressed your interest in participating but are discouraged that because of your age and/or location, you are not eligible to...
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Sep.27.2012
As Curator at the International Museum of Women, I'm thrilled to be telling you about a revolutionary new global online exhibition that will highlight Muslim Women's Arts & Voices. The International Museum of Women in partnership with The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization in the...
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