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CM27: Beauty

Shanon Shah goes in search of beautiful Muslims, Samia Rahman refuses to take a selfie, Doris Behrens-Abouseif reads the extensive Islamic literature on beauty, Nadia Mohd Rasidi asks ‘am I beautiful?’, Mahmoud Mostafa meditates on the Most Beautiful Names of God, Hasina Zaman contemplates a beautiful death, Jonas Otterbeck listens to ethical sounds, Irum Shehreen Ali is sick of wellness, Henry Brefo castigates high fashion, Yovanka Paquete Perdigao is horrified by
skin-whitening products, Nima Nasseri checks in to an Iranian nose job clinic, Misha Monaghan is unimpressed with pious fashion, and Avaes Mohammed is enchanted with the beauty of his Sheikh.
 
Also in this issue: Yasmin Desouki watches classical Egyptian films, Sahil K. Warsi ponders the skull of Alum Bheg, Giles Goddard estimates the price of a rainforest, Ricci Shryock joins a female wrestling match in Senegal, a poetic short story by Alev Adil, poems by Mustafa Abu Sneineh and Brandino Machiavelli, and our list of Ten Mighty Makeovers.
 
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In this issue

Selfies and Other Gazes by Samia Rahman

i want to apologise to all the women i have called pretty before i have called them intelligent or brave i am sorry i made it sound as ...

A Beautiful Death by Hasina Zaman

In Britain, I am one of a handful of female founders and directors – and perhaps the only Muslim one – of private funeral companies ...

Taming the Barbarians by Henry Brefo

The rise of Islamophobia has coincided with widespread commodification of Muslim culture. Muslim cultural aesthetics, fashion and iconography ...

Skin Shades by Yovanka Paquete Perdigao

As a child growing up in Dakar, Senegal, I remember playing a guessing game with my cousins. Whenever we saw light-skinned women in ...

Nose Jobs, Iranian Style by Nima Nasseri

Seven days following his surgery, Parsa was preparing to remove his nose bandages. He had undergone a nose job, following his mother, sister, ...

Unwanted Bones by Sahil K. Warsi

Historians can only be admired for the alchemy required in blending together fragments, ellipses, and lacunae into a narrative that expresses a ...

On Male Beauty by Avaes Mohammad

He was a man already in his nineties when I first met him, too old to walk very much unaccompanied. Whenever we were granted audience with him ...

Ten Mighty Makeovers

There are makeovers, and then there are makeovers. The word itself indicates a radical change in appearance. But some changes are more radical ...

Making Muslims Beautiful by Shanon Shah

There I was, a drab male lump in a queue of chic young hijabis on a sunny, crisp Saturday. We were waiting to get into the afternoon’s ...