Even before Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties, or Mignonnes in French, was released on Netflix, it ignited international debate. The trailer alone provoked huge controversy for the film’s questionable use of minors, representation of minorities, and framing of Islam. Although raw emotion and knee-jerk reactions can be impulsively misleading and hinge on mob mentality, they may also be incredibly revealing. The instinctual response to a film says a lot about how well it conveys its message appropriately. Continue reading The Fine Line: A Film Critique of Doucouré’s “Cuties”
Divorce parties among Bidan communities across north-west Africa stoke intrigue in Muslims from other parts of the world where divorce is shunned. Continue reading Until Death Do Us Part?
While traveling is not feasible during the coronavirus pandemic, a strong imagination can take us anywhere we want. Continue reading Ramadan Traditions in the Casbah of Algiers
This current pandemic and global crisis brought about by the novel Coronavirus strain has been a source of panic and worry for many, but it is also an opportunity for great reflection. Continue reading The Coronavirus: A Muslim’s Perspective
“Islamic art” is broadly understood as all the arts that have been produced in the Muslim world. However, it does not simply denote the crafts of Muslim patrons. Continue reading Art as a Reflection of Civilization
We often limit “Muslim history” to the periods and regions in which caliphates and dynasties were established following the spread of Islam. Continue reading The Role of Indigenous Knowledge in American Islam
The film Papicha is based on a binary vision of the Civil War in Algeria, the Black Decade, which followed a military coup rejecting the 1991 Islamist electoral victory. Continue reading Papicha: The Muslim Damsel in Distress