RAZIQUEH HUSSAIN tracks down nine women bloggers, proud to be Muslim, and proud to be digital communicators
Cyberspace is a liberating territory of oneís own,Ē wrote Fereshteh Nouraie-Simone, editor of On Shifting Ground: Muslim Women in the Global Era. Blogging is transforming the lives of many Muslim women, and their true-to-life perspectives are exploding Western stereotypes about them. These women are blogging from all corners of the world, and are unafraid to express what they feel ó and observe around them. Here is what some of them have to say about their blogs, how relevant they are, and how theyíve transformed lives ó and perceptions.
IN THE UAE
Kelly Izdihar aka Izzy Mo www.izzymo.wordpress.com
Iím in my twenties, an African-American convert to Islam, currently living and working in
I started my blog a few months after I converted to Islam in 2004. At first, it was a way to help me chart my development as a Muslim but it has evolved into so much more. I feel pretty free to write what I want. There are some subjects that are controversial such as
Currently, my biggest problem is finding time to blog. I hope the next American President can bring about a positive change.
Sk00n (blogname) www.floo-ness.blogspot.com
Iím a 16-year-old student from
It would be cool if people from all countries hang out together without fighting, no?
Nzinghaís Soapbox (blogname) www.nzinghas.blogspot.com
Iím an American, living in
I started my blog on the advice of a friend in order for us to keep in contact. But today, it has become a way for me to voice my opinion, be it in regard to my life in Saudi or just life in general as a mom
and wife. I should point out that living in
Being a mother of five my problem is finding the time and energy to blog.
Faiza Alaraji www.afamilyinbaghdad.blogspot.com
I am an Iraqi civil engineer and a mother of three boys. We were living in
I feel frustrated as a citizen of the
One day, Inshallah, we will be able to kick out the forces and take our country back to rebuild it with our own hands. Ameen.
Iím an engineer, who is married and believes that development of science and technology is the only solution to problems faced in most of the world. As a Muslim girl living in an Islamic society, where we believe in tradition as well as development, it can be stressful sometimes. I wish I could change stereotypes that people have about
I am 23, Australian and still living in
Being Australian, it is in our culture to speak honestly and not to be afraid about speaking our minds. Sometimes I have said some things on my blog and I received many disagreeing comments and arguments about it.
But I always speak my mind.
I donít really have problems as such. I am free to blog on what I want ó the only thing would be that if I am supporting my opinion with Islamic Proof (through the Quran and Hadith) is to make sure I get it right.
McPagal (blogname) www.mcpagal.blogspot.com
Iím 21, a Scottish Muslim and a dental student. I started blogging at high school because my best friend had a blog and it looked like fun... it was peer pressure! Yep, I can have rants about anything I like! Recently though, more of my family and friends have started reading my blog, which is slightly flattering, but hugely embarrassing. So obviously I canít badmouth anyone I know, or reveal dark family secrets! Coming from
I am a convert to Islam living in
Most bloggers do not completely conceal their identity, and I donít either ó for example, many people I know in person post comments on my blog, and being the only Muslim in my city makes me fairly easy to identify even though I use my blogís name as my blog identity.
At times, I encounter trolling: it happens when someone comes across your blog and has an agenda ó usually in my case an agenda would be an anti-Muslim one. So the person will start posting rude comments. I have the ability to edit or delete comments, but it is annoying. Fortunately, this doesnít happen very often.
I am concerned about trends in
As a Muslim, I enjoy a high level of religious freedom in this country ó that is one reason why hijab is not quite as big an issue here as it is in
Iím a 36-year-old Muslim American woman of Pakistani descent living in
I first started writing in 2005, which was a very difficult year for me health-wise. I have a rare auto-immune condition called Devicís Disease, which is related to multiple sclerosis. I live with the possibility of spinal or optic nerve inflammation causing paralysis or blindness. Blogging became the medium through which to connect with other people and to form a community.
I was born and brought up in the
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