I’ve never had the chance to read A People’s History of the United States in its entirety, and that’s why I love winter break. Also thought this book fits in with the the theme of my laptop stickers #freesyria #freepalestine
Somewhere in America? Somewhere in America there is Muslim sister whose scarf is slipping slightly as she nods off on her train ride coming off the late shift. Somewhere in America a niqabi is frustrated in a Muslim clothing store because the “L” sizing on the jlbabs they sell is false marketing. Somewhere in America a Muslim mother tries to sooth a screaming baby while she debates whether the scarf on her head is large enough for an impromptu breastfeeding session. Somewhere in America a Muslim woman giggles with glee after finding the perfect shade of plum. Somewhere in America a Muslim woman is grateful that her headscarf style will cover the choke marks on her neck. Everywhere in America, a Muslim woman’s headscarf is not only some sex, swag and consumption, it also belief and beauty, defiance and struggle, secrets and shame.
I know some people are celebrating this video and others criticizing it. I think it’s pretty clear I fall in the second camp. Yet, while it could be so much more. It actually does what it intends to do so effectively. Nothing in this video should surprise you. After all it is being championed by a group called the mipsterz—as in Muslim Hipsters—with no sense of irony. A friend remarked to me that the video was particularly tragic because our champion Ibtihaj Muhammad is in it, and she has been lauded by folks like Hilary Clinton for being a role model. And this video and its background song, replete with profanity including the N-word, seem far from that acclaim. Yet I don’t think it’s incongrous that the same person who Clinton lauded would end up in a video with Jay-Z as a back drop, both Clinton and Jay assert and epitomize American Exceptionalist Capitalism par excellence—and by this I mean the way they would approrpirate her not necessarily how she sees herself. And lest we forget, even Obama has Jay on his Ipod. The video is full frontal consumption and thus can only offer narrow visions of who Muslim women are, even in the attempt to show diversity but again how American is that?! I must admit I may have been a tad bit surprised that they didn’t bleep out at least the N-word but maybe they were aiming for that “ironic” hispter racism. Maybe in the remix they will swap out Nigga for Abeed.
The Palestinian Yarmouk camp in Damascus has been under heavy attacks over the past week with several massacres taking place. Syria is home to around half a million Palestinians. Like the Syrian people, they have lived a life of oppression & want to see change. assad forces have responded the same way it has with Syrians & so far during the revolution around 200 Palestinians have been martyred in Syria. To the highest heaven
Beyond Æsthetics MMXI :: Birzeit University Museum
British Anthropologist Shelagh Weir, in her book Palestinian Costume describes how conspicuously removing, concealing or destroying the most visible symbols of wealth in their attire, women in Palestine demonstrated their genuine and unquestionable grief. Snubbing wealth in times of loss was a clear statement that life was invaluable.
Seen as the most direct and blatant reference to wealth, coins on the headdress were either taken-off or concealed depending on the style of the headdress. Weir talks about how in the Ramallah area it was also common to remove or hide the coins when a very close relative was away travelling.The headdress (araqieh) from the Hebron area has been covered with a dark silk organza to demonstrate the practice of partially concealing the coin.