Hasnaa Mokhtar

Ph.D. Student, Writer.

Writer and doctoral student in International Development. I research and write stories about the intersection of gender, religion, culture, and violence.
Contact: [email protected]

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From Saudi Patriarchy to Ph.D., Meet Our Baddie of the Month: Hasnaa Mokhtar
Muslim Girl loves to bring attention to women of strength, knowledge and conviction. Baddies such as Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, AJ+ Producer Sana Saeed, 14-year-old veiled...
One in 1.5 billion
The terrorist attacks in Paris and near Beirut last week have triggered outrage around the world and a military reaction by France. But they have also led to an increase in...
The Face of Feminism - Worcester Mag
In the global context, Worcester is a very welcoming place for women. There are opportunities aplenty, multitudinous colleges seeping knowledge into the community and a diverse...

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This Is What Killing Muslim Women in the Name of God Looks Like
To every Muslim scholar, to every Muslim preacher, and to every Muslim leader who consented to a Muslim man hitting his wife to "discipline" her, you have Hanan Seid's blood on...
A Muslim Woman's First Thoughts After the Paris Attacks
As the brutal attacks in Paris were happening on Nov. 13, scattered thoughts jammed my brain. Please don't claim to be Muslim, please don't let me carry the burden, please don't...
Let's Talk About the Problem With Masculinity in the Muslim Community
To qualify as "marriage-friendly" material, a Muslim woman is expected to be: Martha Stewart in the kitchen. A combination of Hoover feather duster and mop in cleanness....
For the sake of peace, women 'don't really matter' - Worcester Mag
An interview with Cynthia Enloe By Hasnaa Mokhtar "Do women know how to handle complexity?" "Yes!" "Do women know how to stop violence?" "Yes!" "Should women be at the formal...
Why This Muslim Girl Will #PrayforParis, But Won't Apologize
According to a Quartz article, data from the FBI indicates that anti-Islamic offenses have jumped five-fold in the US since 9/11. "Public perception of Muslims is currently low....
Not ‘us’ or ‘them.’ Just us.
9 Abusive Tweets Men Wrote in Response to #TogetherToEndMaleGuardianship
Saudi women took Twitter by storm using Arabic and English hashtags that call for ending the Saudi male guardianship system. The social media campaign started after the Human...
I Was Raised Under the Grip of Saudi's Male Guardianship System
I know well the feeling of being helpless. I am a woman, and I grew up in Saudi Arabia. I was boxed in. A male relative - father, husband, brother or son - had to sign me off....
Sexism is Not Part of Islam: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Says Driving "Exposes Women to Evil"
Every time I read a "religious" edict about the "devilish horrors" of Muslim women, my brain freezes, and my blood boils, while my heart shatters with grief and despair. It...
Hijab or Not, Sexual Harassment Has Nothing to Do With Dress Codes
"You look hot in that outfit. Care to join me in my apartment after work to discuss your promotion?" One in three women between the ages of 18-34 has heard a similar, unwelcome...
The 'Nudity' of Westernized Feminism
I was living in Montreal, Canada in 2010 and attending a French class to improve my language skills. I remember the lively and diverse group of students I studied and conversed...
Trapped in the name of Religion
Woman who walked out of her husband’s home faces eviction
Girls escaping abusive father come to dead end
Saudi Women Demand Equal Citizenship Rights
JEDDAH, 7 March 2007 - Mohammed Noor Baksh, a 60-year-old Pakistani driver, has been married to a Saudi woman for 27 years and hasn't traveled outside the Kingdom for the past...

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