1. Producing Malala as the exception is a technique of power. Exception proceeds by individualizing and abstracting her from the local environment and cultures, and connecting her positive attributes to another source, such as her formal education, desire for success, and ambition. Her courage is, then, not read as grounded in local cultural practices that valorize social justice. Instead, she is positioned as a singular force against local customs and cultural elements. Marking Malala as the exception sustains the trope of the “oppressed Muslim girls” against which the concept of “empowered girls” is maintained. The discourse on empowered girls, thus, rearticulates Malala in its own terms, and distances her from other Muslim girls. She is made simultaneously to stand in for, represent and symbolize the oppressed Muslim girls, and positioned as the empowered girl who is not one of them. It denies other Muslim girls similar forms of empowered subjectivities. More importantly, it sustains the façade of Islam as an oppressive religion, making interventions—such as through universal education of girls, or empowerment projects—necessary and even ethically imperative

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  2. transcosette:

    we as a society need to start talking about abusive friendships, bc those exist and seem to be really common

    and most people in them dont know how do deal w the abuse bc its normally emotional abuse which.gets delegitimized, and its a platonic relationship and not a romo or sexual one, so it gets delegitimized for that too

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  3. islahnafsi:

    So important.

    book of love.. 

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  4. bobbycaputo:

    Thought-Provoking Photos Reveal the Complexities of Life As a Chinese Muslim Woman

    For Musilin: Call Her Fatimah, photographer Giulia Marchi traces the experience of modern Chinese Muslim women through 22-year-old Ding Lan, one of the many young people studying at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Mostly in their early twenties, Ding Lan, whose Muslim name is Fatimah, and her peers make the journey from their hometowns throughout the provinces Gansu, Qinghai, Ningxia, and Henan in hopes of building a deeper understanding of their cultural history outside of China, where they make up the minority population. At the university, students study the Koran and Islamic law while learning to read and write in Arabic.

    (Continue Reading)

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  6. dyslexic-kids:

    Many of you saw this when I originally posted it a few months ago, and it was incredibly popular. However, we have a lot of new people and I thought they might want to see it, as well.  Dyslexia is often accompanied by other conditions such as ADHD, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and dyspraxia.

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  7. kashmirglobal:

    A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded in Held Kashmir

    Srinagar (Reuters): About 150,000 people were still stranded in their homes a week after Indian-held Kashmir’s worst flood in over a century and fears grew on Sunday of an outbreak of diseases from vast fields of stagnant brown water.

  8. Madhuri Dixit in Anushree Reddy

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  9. kashmirkikali:

    Can Bilawal Bhutto please return to taking duck face selfies in the back seat of his daddy’s car and leave politics to people who aren’t treating it like a pissing contest?

    Pakistan isn’t any better than India in it’s imperialist quest for Kashmir. Here’s a novel concept: why not ask Kashmiris what they want?

  10. giddytf2:


    Always reblog big kitties with their leetle kitties.

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