Author Headscarves & Hymens Feminist writer/public speaker: Arab & Muslim issues, global feminism. NYT opinion columnist. Tattoos. #MUFC

From Chaos in Libya to the Edge of ISIS in Northern Iraq — SCENES FROM THE LIBYAN CIVIL WAR The chief government minder's announcements would come without warning, interrupting the loud elevator music that played non-stop through the intercom system of the luxurious Tripoli al-Nasr Rixos Hotel. "To all journalists: NATO has bombed an apartment building. Martyrs are still under the rubble.

Sex Talk for Muslim Women — CAIRO - After I gave a reading in Britain last year, a woman stood in line as I signed books. When it was her turn, the woman, who said she was from a British Muslim family of Arab origin, knelt down to speak so that we were at eye level.

Mona Eltahawy: How to Fight the Patriarchy — "Someone had turned the lights off in my mind." As a woman in Saudi Arabia, as a girl there, you have two options: You either lose your mind or you become a feminist. So I kind of lost my mind, and then I became a feminist.

If Jane Eyre Came Out Today Would It Be Marketed As Genre? — "It is a very remarkable book," critic Elizabeth Rigby wrote of Jane Eyre in March of 1849, in Vanity Fair. "We have no remembrance of another combining such genuine power with such horrid taste.

Why the global silence on FGM? — I first learned what female genital mutilation (FGM) was as a university student in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. My family is Egyptian and my parents, both doctors, were teaching medicine there. I was worried sick that I'd been cut and had somehow buried the memory Mona Eltahawy My friends and I had been reading a news magazine in the library when we came across an article about it.

They Died for Lack of a Head Scarf — The fire was a tragedy that could have struck anywhere. Fifteen girls between ages 13 and 17 were trampled to death and 52 others were hurt when a blaze swept through their school. Parents and journalists angrily demanded the resignation of education officials they accused of incompetence and corruption.

This Violent World: How Literature Helps Us Cope — "It felt like coming on a little secret, like a fairy tale almost," Ben said. Ben is a friend I met on the day we moved into a co-op on Chicago's South Side.

Fatima Bhutto: My Grandfather’s Library, Relic of a Freer Pakistan — In his letters, bound in dark leather and organized according to year and subject, there is a note my grandfather, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, wrote to Pakistan's provincial Chief Ministers who had forwarded him their suggestions regarding upcoming land reforms (the last large land reforms carried out in this country were helmed by Bhutto himself a year later in 1974).

False News From the Sisi State — CAIRO - My friend Mostafa Massouny has one of the most eclectic music collections of anyone I know. I initially typed "had" and "knew," because I fear Mostafa is dead. We met at a party where I was impressed by a playlist of Nubian musicians he played.

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Feb 5, 1994, 66 were killed when a mortar shell was fired into Markale market.There's a memorial there. #Sarajevo

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RT @DeaSB: @monaeltahawy for your dose of laughter, a national TV in Indonesia just censored breasts in a form of a statue.

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