Jewish Journal

Mona Eltahawy

  • Tunisia: the first Arab revolution

    January 19, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    Every July 23 for the past 58 years, Egypt, my country of birth, has celebrated its “July revolution” that overthrew King Farouk and ended the monarchy and British occupation once and for all. It was no revolution: It was a coup staged by young army officers.

    And so it has been...

  • The sex and me monologues

    December 22, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    How do you discuss virginity with a class of American university students without the conversation sounding irrelevant to their lives or, worse, an exercise in exoticizing another culture?

    Women, sex and culture can be a Bermuda Triangle that threatens to demolish discussion through...

  • America, a mosque and me

    September 8, 2010 | 9:47 am

    When the planes flew into the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, I was living in Seattle, on the other side of America. My brother and his wife were visiting me. We did not leave the house for two days because we were worried that Americans angry at Muslims would...

  • iMuslims Reforming Islam Online

    February 3, 2010 | 5:49 pm

    You’ve seen their mugshots: a Nigerian charged with trying to blow up a plane on Christmas Day; five young American Muslims detained in Pakistan, apparently desperately seeking jihad.

    You’ve heard they used the video-sharing site YouTube in search of Muslim militant groups...

  • Let’s Talk About Muslim Sex

    August 18, 2009 | 4:41 pm

    Sex has ruffled many in the Arab world lately. About time.

    Just this past week, Saudi Arabia shut down all local operations of a Lebanese TV station that broadcast an interview with a Saudi man who spoke frankly about sex.

    When Mazen Abdul-Jawad, 32 and a divorced father of four,...

  • The Sounds of Silence on Iran

    July 2, 2009 | 4:18 am

    Do you hear the silence from the Arab world over events in Iran?

    Let’s start with Arab leaders, who are experts at vote-rigging — if they hold elections at all. What could they possibly say about the Iranian election, or the allegations of vote fraud, without sounding...

  • Children of the Naksa, Children of Camp David

    March 25, 2009 | 10:46 pm

    I was born at the end of July 1967, which makes me a child of the Naksa, or setback, as the Arab defeat during the June 1967 war with Israel is euphemistically

    known in Arabic. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, and so there was no summer of love for us in 1967....

  • The Center of Obama’s Universe

    January 21, 2009 | 7:50 pm

    I live in Harlem, New York City, which on election night was the center of the universe. I have never seen people so happy.

    Four days later, I went to the Axis of Evil, or at least that’s how former (doesn’t it feel good to say that!) U.S. President George W. Bush described...

  • New summit produces nothing new—as usual

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever the Arab League gets together for its biannual meetings, journalists in Cairo—where the pan-Arab body is based—joke that they can write the final communiqué themselves, as they wait for the officials to come out of their meetings and talk to the media. Seven years might...

  • ‘War on terror’ needs Muslims to be part of solution

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine for a moment a Muslim teenager somewhere in Europe, "with the Internet in his living room, the world in his mind and his heart torn apart by a million identities," as Swiss-born Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan described him.

    How do you prevent that young Muslim from being...

  • What use were all the wars?

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If turning 40 isn't challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you're as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it's difficult not to take the humiliation personally.

    My birth at...

  • Mideast Clash Not About Religion

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a Muslim issue. It is a dispute over land, it is about an occupation that must end and it is about a people who deserve a state. But it is not a religious dispute.

    For too long, the assumption that this is a religious conflict has gone...