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Hasnaa Mokhtar

Researcher. Storyteller.

Location icon United States

Writer and Ph.D. candidate in Int'l Development. Fulbright Alumna.

I research and tell stories about the intersection of sexism, racism, classism, neocolonialism, neoliberalism, capitalism...and all other "isms".

Contact: [email protected]


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Sekka Magazine
Why we need to rethink our Khaleeji parenting habits

"Being a parent...does not mean absolute authority." By Hasnaa Mokhtar I am not the motherly type. Growing up, my daydreams were never about the "happily ever after", or the perfect wedding, or the tons of babies I was destined to have.

Are attitudes on Muslim women shifting?

Hijabis, Muslim women who cover their hair, are a hot commodity in the American fashion and beauty industry right now. In 2016, Colorado native Nura Afia, 26, made headlines when CoverGirl made her an ambassador. She became the first Muslim woman wearing a headscarf to fill the void of representation in makeup commercials.

Unlearning zine (p. 18-20)
To decolonize, is to be reborn

With a pounding heart and shaky hands, I drew my lips closer to the microphone. Oh Allah…I whispered. My voice trembled. I paid tribute to Cape Town, its marvelous people, the Critical Muslim Studies summer school, and everything in between. I chocked here and there. I never realized how much of a “colonial” mess I was and continue to be. My own blindspots. Biases. Ego and judgements. My rotten heart screamed in silence yearning to break free. I was fed lies after lies until...

A journey toward societal change begun by looking within

Beep. New app notification. "Deadliest mass shooting in modern US history"Email alert. "Sexual harassment comes at a cost"Social media tag. "'We only kill black people,' a cop told a woman"Newsfeed update. "Another failed ISIS attack"The ruthless cycle of worldly chaos persists. Vile politics and crimes continue to haunt me.

How America Has Changed The Way I Look At Ramadan

In June, Bustle is partnering with Muslim Girl to highlight the voices of millennial Muslim women as they observe the holy month of Ramadan. Read on as they share stories of how they personally observe this holiday, and why this year's Ramadan is esp

Human Geography
Decolonizing Academic Praxis with "Words that Remake Life"

Conference report by Amber Murrey, Hasnaa Mokhtar, Patricia Daley, and Melanie Bush A collective of transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary thinkers came together for a two-day workspace on "decolonizing" academic exchanges at Clark University on the 9th and 10th of April 2017. Our ambition w

Muslim Girl
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 your hands! This is on you! The 26-year-old mother of two was shot to death by her husband, Ahmed Mohamed Abdela on Oct.

Muslim Girl
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. Scarlett Johansson in sex appeal. Virgin Mary in modesty. Mother Teresa in devotion. Malala Yousafzai in activism and literacy - only for bragging purposes.

Muslim Girl
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. When? It was a required procedure whenever I wanted to travel alone, renew my personal ID, or accept [...]

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 force me to denounce and condemn... My heart sank as I flipped from tab to tab online reading about the gruesome murders.

Teen Vogue
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. A 2014 poll by the Pew Research Centre found that Americans had the least warm feelings towards Muslims of any religious group in the country.

Muslim Girl
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 with. I also remember the hot days of that summer and the challenge of having to wear my headscarf and modest clothing in high [...]

Trapped in the name of religion

Hasnaa Mokhtar As I sat helplessly dialing numbers of emergency contacts in the Washington, D.C. based Saudi Embassy, my brain retrieved the memory of a powerful woman 1435 years ago: Khadijah Bint Khuwailid. Hours before my departure to Washington, D.C. from Jeddah, I discovered that my recently renewed Saudi passport was missing my travel permit.

Worcester Mag
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 peace negotiations?" "Yes!" "Will you do it?" "Yes!" Applause. The second day of the Women Lead to Peace Summit ended.

Arab News
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 15 years. He has two daughters - one 21-year-old and the other 19-year-old - and a 14-year-old son.

About Me

8 Muslim Journalists You Should Follow

Given the world we live in, it's important to follow the type of journalists whose reporting you admire and trust, and who have perspectives that aren't simply those of the existing power structure. And in honor of Muslim Women's Day, we selected eight of our favorite Muslim women journalists whose work stands out in an ultra-crowded media landscape.

The Scarlet
Clark Graduate Student Hasnaa Mokhtar Advocates for Islam

Shootings and bombings in Paris killed one hundred thirty civilians on Nov. 13, 2015. According to BBC, the attacks were carried out by ISIS-related extremists. France responded with an objective to combat terrorism by instating a three-month state of emergency during which police could put people under house arrest or search them without a warrant,...

Muslim Girl
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 Muslim convert and professional ballerina Stephanie Kurlow and, earlier last week, the first Somali-American Muslim State Legislator Ilhan Omar have all been featured as part of our #MuslimGirlFire series because of their amazing [...]

Clark University
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 anti-Muslim public sentiment and calls for all Muslims to apologize for the attacks.

Worcester Mag
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 demographic not overly influenced by any particular culture or religion. In a place like this, feminism can often be brushed aside, termed irrelevant.

Visualogue | 30, Where Reality is Forgotten

Hasnaa Mokhtar was one of 11 Saudi ladies to trek at the foothills of the Himalayas last May to reach Everest base camp. She will share with us this exhilarating (and literally breath taking) experience as she tells us how this journey virtually changed her perception on life.

BBCArabic.com | My Life Project

أنا حسناء من السعودية وعمري 27 سنة. أنا أم، وامرأة عاملة، واعمل في كلية خاصة في جدة كمترجمة مساعدة في مكتب عميدة الكلية. في حياة أي إنسان هناك ماض، يكون به ذكريات طيبة وأخرى مريرة ولكن افضل شيء انه ماض وقد مر وانتهى، وأحيانا ما نتذكره ولكنه رحل بكل أحداثه.

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