Asma T. Uddin is founder and editor-in-chief of Exploring Both Sides of the Gender Divide, a web magazine featuring compelling commentary on gender-in-Islam. She is also an attorney at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, a Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm protecting the free expression of all religious traditions, and a Legal Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding.

Nike’s Problematic Relationship with the Hijab

Major sportswear manufacturer, Nike, recently revealed an athletic headscarf for Muslim women. The product is termed the “Pro hijab” and is made of lightweight cloth with tiny holes that help the athletes’ skin breathe while keeping the skin covered. In producing such a product, Nike is the first large-scale sportswear company to venture into the … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Hijabi Fashionistas Show That Modesty Can be Beautiful

Vogue recently featured hijabi Instagram star Amaal Said, “a 20-year-old Danish-Somali photographer and poet” who lives in London and frequently posts stylish images of herself to social media. The profile talks about Said’s fashion philosophy and everything that makes her pictures fun and inspiring: the bold colors, fun accessories, and gorgeous scarves she borrows from … Continued

Culture, Fashion

Dolce & Gabbana Discovers Muslim Women, But What About Modesty?

The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana recently launched a line of Muslim headscarves (hijab) and cloaks (abaya). The pieces reflect the signature D&G style—bold playful—and are shown accessorized with oversized sunglasses, towering stilettos, and bags that pop. The line has been received enthusiastically by the fashion-conscious, especially those accustomed to wearing high-end fashion—which includes … Continued


“Parenthood”: The Agony and the Ecstasy

In the course of parenting my two children, I have often found myself saying and doing things reminiscent of what my parents said to me: “You won’t even think to clean your room until I tell you!” The strange déjà vu experience translates over to the deeper conversations, too. “God doesn’t appreciate your being wasteful. … Continued

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