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Harper's rhetoric fuels racist and xenophobic expression
Xenophobia and racism are flourishing in Canada, under the influence of Stephen Harper’s rigid stance on Muslim women's headscarves. Stephen Harper has told us that wearing the niqab, a scarf that...
Mar 5th, 2015
I Am Nasrine is a great rendition of a common theme
At times the film has remarkable subtlety, and at others, it is in-your-face emotional.
Feb 8th, 2013
Sheikhs of chic: Dubai dudes do fashion
Pakistani author Bina Shah writes to VO of her travels to the UAE and her experience with Gulfi men's fashion.
Jan 23rd, 2013
What happens when you put an Islamist, a Socialist, a Christian, and a Liberal in an Egyptian garden?
After the Arab Spring revolution, Egypt has struggled to find unity. A management consultant brings together religious and secular Egyptians to discuss their views.
Jan 20th, 2012
For Muslim Canadians, the fallout from 9/11 was personal
The oddest thing was having to prove her community didn't approve of madmen, terrorists and bombings, one young woman recalls.
Sep 5th, 2011
Young Muslim poets shine at I-SLAM
Young Muslim poets show off their skills at I-SLAM, rhyming about everything from school to superheroes. Headlined by award-winning writer and poet Boonaa Mohammad.
Jan 21st, 2011
Taqwacore breaks boundaries at VIFF
I was born in Canada. My parents are Pakistani. I wasn't raised Muslim in a very strict way. My parents identified as Muslim and that was always something in the back of my mind, but we weren't an ext
Oct 4th, 2009