Videos of Manal

 

 

 

  • Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos
    Barefoot in Baghdad: A Story of Identity-My Own and What It Means to Be a Woman in Chaos
    by Manal Omar
  • Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
    Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak
    Beacon Press
Thursday
Apr192007

'I felt more welcome in the Bible belt'

April 19, 2007 | Manal Omar | The Guardian

One Sunday last month I went for my afternoon swim at my local David Lloyd's fitness club wearing the Islamic-style swimsuit I have been wearing for years. The swimsuit has recently been celebrated by media outlets from Newsweek to National Geographic as an innovative way for Muslim women to become more active. As an American-Muslim woman, I have always been determined to be active without compromising my faith. I have been swimming in capital cities across the world from Rio de Janeiro to Washington DC to Kuala Lumpur, and now London. Although I get curious stares, I have never had any awkward moments when I head out for a swim.

That is, until I came to Oxford.

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Sunday
Mar192006

My Iraqi Wedding

March 19, 2006 | Manal Omar | The Washington Post

 AMMAN, Jordan There was always a fear of sectarian violence in Iraq. But when I arrived in Baghdad almost three years ago, it was only that -- a fear. Back then, right after Saddam Hussein was toppled, the country was full of hope and optimism. And it was in that heady atmosphere that I found love when I met the Iraqi man to whom I am now married.

But the fear of sectarian strife became a searing reality for me last year, on the night before our wedding. Our house of celebration was transformed into a house of mourning when we learned that my husband's brother-in-law, Hussein, had been brutally murdered. As the mourners arrived, we turned away the florist and canceled the photographer. Our festival of love gave way to horror, as we realized that Hussein was just one of the many casualties of what Iraq was becoming-- a volatile mix of tribal tensions and local mafia-style killings.

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