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

When Egypt Goes to the Beach — Cairo - I paused for a second as I packed for a last-minute break on Egypt's North Coast, known as Sahel in Arabic. Should I take my bikini? Or a one-piece? Or what? I hadn't been to the beach in Egypt for years and was unsure of what now passed for acceptable attire.

Meanwhile: Making history at Friday prayer — NEW YORK - On March 18, I put on my smartest clothes and my favorite jewelry, hailed a cab and tried my best not to cry as I rode to the Juma'h prayer that marks the highlight of the Muslim week. We are taught to look our best for the weekly prayer, and this was no ordinary Juma'h.

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).
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Sep 26, 2016

I must be only person on earth not watching debate. En route airport via blissfully empty 4:30am #Cairo streets - to fly to #NYC.

Sep 26, 2016

RT @MahirZeynalov: Last month, Twitter also blocked my another Twitter account, @MahirZeynalov_, in which I was tweeting only in Turkish. Thank you @Support !

Sep 26, 2016

RT @MahirZeynalov: Twitter told me that it will block my account at the request of Turkey for "instigating terrorism," putting an end to my ~7-year reporting.

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