One does not have to be Muslim to seek the freedom not to bare

by Rashmee

Posted on February 18, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Love fashion or hate it, there are three reasons to pay close attention to women’s clothing right now. So-called modest wear, ostensibly for Muslim women, is becoming a powerful political statement. In turn, it is tailoring corporate priorities. Macy’s, one of America’s oldest and largest retail store chains, has introduced a “modest” fashion line aimed … Continue reading “One does not have to be Muslim to seek the freedom not to bare”

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Islam and Manuel Valls’ cultural battle for the heart and soul of France

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2017


France’s Socialist Party presidential primary is tomorrow (Sunday, January 22) and it’s worth considering the effect of Europe’s perceived Islamification on one of its formerly leading contenders. I suppose Manuel Valls doesn’t matter much anymore, but still, this is fascinating. Back in the summer, the former French Prime Minister expressed an uncompromising view of Islam … Continue reading “Islam and Manuel Valls’ cultural battle for the heart and soul of France”

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More heat than light in Canada’s election debate on the niqab. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2015


Islam is the second biggest religion in Canada. According to 2011 figures, Muslims account for 3.2 per cent of the population. That’s quite small but it sounds weighty if you juxtapose it in a certain way – as Canada’s second faith after Christianity. The current row over the niqab, the Muslim veil, in Canada is … Continue reading “More heat than light in Canada’s election debate on the niqab. Here’s why”

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Abercrombie & Fitch and the end of the usual fashion statement

by Rashmee

Posted on March 1, 2015


The headscarf is not the end of Abercrombie & Fitch, just a symbol of how much the world has changed. Lots has been written about the case brought against the clothing retailer by Samantha Elauf, who was 17 at the time that she was denied a job by the company because she did not meet … Continue reading “Abercrombie & Fitch and the end of the usual fashion statement”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK