What do women who wear the niqab and women who choose to go topless in Canada have in common? Both make a lot of people very uncomfortable. Both have had their rights upheld by Canadian courts. And, both may be overreacting against real or perceived attitudes towards female sexuality.
Morrocan French Canadian Aicha Lasfar grew up in Gatineau but recently moved to Calgary, Alberta. In Ottawa-Gatineau, Lasfar made a name for herself as an avid blogger and vlogger exploring parenting and the Muslim Canadian experience.
Muslim Link interviewed Lasfar about her experiences on social media and her latest blog Canadian Mooselim.
Australian academic Dr. Scott Flower came to Ottawa on July 25th to discuss his current research on Canadian converts to Islam. He admits that it has been hard to find Canadian converts willing to be interviewed for his current national study of conversion to Islam in Canada, funded through Project Kaniskha, which is managed by Public Safety Canada. And yes, he gets it-“It’s the whole government anti-terrorism connection!”
Last month, Project Communitas presented a webinar by Professor Amarnath Amarasingam, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University’s Resilience Research Centre. The webinar addressed the Syrian conflict in the context of the rising number of foreign fighters traveling recently to the region.
In response to the conversations emerging from opinion pieces we have published on the new Ontario Sex Ed curriculum, Muslim Link is starting a series of interviews with several members of North America’s Muslim communities on sexual education. We’ll be exploring the challenges Muslim Canadians, especially Muslim youth, are facing in relation to sexual health education and morality.
Sobia Faisal-Ali, a PhD researcher who conducted a survey of 403 North American Muslims between the ages of 17 to 35 exploring issues of sexual health education and experiences, shares her findings with us.