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Muslim Women in Sport Network Summit 2021

Muslim Women in Sport Network Summit 2021

Muslim Women in Sport Network (MWSN) will be hosting their second virtual summit from Jun 18-20th! We have an amazing set of speakers lined up and prizes to give away, so do not forget to register! [Sign me up!]

Muslim in Moderation (podcast): Muslim Women and Sport

Muslim in Moderation (podcast): Muslim Women and Sport

I was invited by Ali Ahmed who runs the Muslim in Moderation podcast which focuses the discussion on minority culture, identity and politics emanating from immigrant and minority experiences of Muslims in the West. You can listen [here].

Past and Present Transformative Experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand

Past and Present Transformative Experiences in Aotearoa New Zealand

I was invited by Manapou ki te Ao (Education New Zealand) to speak about my experiences as a doctoral student in Aotearoa New Zealand. The panel covered a range of topics including culture, social identity, and how these experiences shaped our personal, professional, and academic lives. You can watch the conversation here.

Muslim women's sporting spatialities: navigating culture, religion and moving bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Muslim women's sporting spatialities: navigating culture, religion and moving bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand

Thorpe, H., Ahmad, N., Marfell, A., & Richards, J. (2020). Muslim women’s sporting spatialities: Navigating culture, religion and moving bodies in Aotearoa New Zealand. Gender, Place & Culture, 1-39. Available here.

Special Panel Presentation: Muslim Women and Girls 'Deep Dive" into experience in Aotearoa

Special Panel Presentation: Muslim Women and Girls 'Deep Dive" into experience in Aotearoa

I along with Professor Holly Thorpe, Ola Shain, and Dr Noha Nasef were invited to take part in a special panel at the Sport NZ Women and Girls Women and Girls Summit 2020 where we discussed the experiences of Muslim women in play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa. Check out the presentation here.

Building Cultural Diversity in Sport: A Critical Dialogue with Muslim Women and Sports Facilitators.

Building Cultural Diversity in Sport: A Critical Dialogue with Muslim Women and Sports Facilitators.

Ahmad, N., Thorpe, H., Richards, J., & Marfell, A. (2020). Building Cultural Diversity in Sport: A Critical Dialogue with Muslim Women and Sports Facilitators. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics. Available here.

Breakfast Show: Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport in Aotearoa

Breakfast Show: Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport in Aotearoa

I was invited to speak on the Breakfast Show where I shared insights on building cultural inclusivity in sports, a project which I co-lead with Professor Holly Thorpe in collaboration with Sport NZ (Dr Justin Richards) and Sport Waikato (Dr Amy Marfell). In the interview, I was joined by Karate Athlete Mazlinah binte Haji Mohamad Noor and Archer Niely Sunkar who shared their experience as Muslim female athletes in Aotearoa. You can watch the full interview here.

'Show up': How to build inclusive sports communities for NZ's Muslim women

'Show up': How to build inclusive sports communities for NZ's Muslim women

I along with Professor Holly Thorpe were interviewed by Asia New Zealand Foundation on our recent project on sporting experiences of Muslim women. Read it here.

Sport Nation Region: Sport and Cultural Citizenship in Oceania ICA 2020 panel

Sport Nation Region: Sport and Cultural Citizenship in Oceania ICA 2020 panel

I had the opportunity to join a group of amazing scholars to speak about religious and cultural diversity and the experiences of Muslim women in sport and active recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand with Professor Holly Thorpe. Our discussion starts at 40:03, which can be found on YouTube here.

This panel focuses on the question of cultural citizenship (Rowe, 2004a, 2004b; Stevenson, 1997) and its relationship to sporting, national and regional identities. Cultural citizenship matters because it helps to determine who belongs, who is excluded, and who has ‘the right to know and speak’ in specific social and territorial settings (Miller, 2007: 35). Led by David Rowe, this panel uses the nexus of sport-nation-region to identify and analyse hierarchies of inclusion and exclusion in sport in Oceania.

Teen bolts into Muslim women’s global powerlist

Teen bolts into Muslim women’s global powerlist

The final installment of the series focusing on Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa by the LockerRoom. Go check it out here.

How sport and nature turned Ola’s life around

How sport and nature turned Ola’s life around

The third instalment of the series focusing on Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa by the LockerRoom. Read it here.

Teen footballer’s goal to be role model for Muslim girls

Teen footballer’s goal to be role model for Muslim girls

Check out part 2 of the series focusing on Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa by the LockerRoom. Read it here.

Swimmer leads change by keeping faith

Swimmer leads change by keeping faith

One of the action items that came out of the “Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport’ workshop last month was increasing the visibilities of Muslim women in sport in Aotearoa. The Locker Room accepted that challenge to help ‘change the narrative’ through a series focusing on Muslim women in sport. Read the first piece here.

How to get more Muslim women involved in sport

How to get more Muslim women involved in sport

Myself, Professor Holly Thorpe, and Huda Anas had an opportunity to talk about the important report that was released on July 24, 2020, the “Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport – Insights from Muslim Women in sport and active recreation” symposium and Huda’s experience as an athlete in Aotearoa. Have a listen.

Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport: Insights from Muslim Women in Sport and Active Recreation

Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport: Insights from Muslim Women in Sport and Active Recreation

Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H., Richards, J., Marfell, A., & Scott, H. (2020). Building Cultural Inclusion in Sport: Insights from Muslim Women in Sport and Active Recreation. Sport New Zealand Report.

Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities (2020)

Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities (2020)

Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H. (2020). Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities. Communication & Sport. Read here.

Making safe spaces for Muslim women to play

Making safe spaces for Muslim women to play

I was interviewed about a project I am co-leading which around Muslim women’s sporting practices in Aotearoa. Read more here.

Muslim women, sport and social media

Muslim women, sport and social media

Ahmad, N. (2020). Muslim women, sport and social media. In K. Ross (ed.) Encyclopedia of Gender, Media and Communications. Wiley-Blackwell.

Sportswomen's use of social media in the Middle east and North Africa (2019)

Sportswomen's use of social media in the Middle east and North Africa (2019)

My upcoming piece in “Sport, Politics and Society in the Middle East: A rigorous appraisal of the intersection of sport and politics across the region.” : Hurst Publishers.

Deep strike: playing gender in the world of Overwatch and the case of Geguri (2019)

Deep strike: playing gender in the world of Overwatch and the case of Geguri (2019)

Choi, Y, Slaker, J. & Ahmad, N. (2019). Deep strike: Playing gender in the world of Overwatch and the case of Geguri. Feminist Media Studies. Read here.

Creating safe spaces in Aotearoa

Creating safe spaces in Aotearoa

It was a pleasure discussing important issues around accessibility and creating safe spaces in Aotearoa with Professor Holly Thorpe on RadioNZ (have a listen)

Muslim women athletes changing skeptical world view

Muslim women athletes changing skeptical world view

I was interviewed about Muslim sportswomen and my research on social media use by Muslim sportswomen, read on.

Recipient of the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship (2018)

Recipient of the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship (2018)

I was awarded the Gary Sailes Graduate Diversity Scholarship award by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sports (NASSS).

Muslim sportswomen don't get a fair go in media coverage: New Study

Muslim sportswomen don't get a fair go in media coverage: New Study

I was interviewed by Stuff NZ regarding my dissertation topic and its findings: Read all about it here

Muslim women in sport and online

Muslim women in sport and online

I was invited by Radio NZ to talk about my PhD topic. Listen here: Muslim women in sport and online

Barbara Brown Student Paper Award

Barbara Brown Student Paper Award

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS) awarded me with the Barbara Brown PhD Student Paper Award

VIDEO: Nike's New Ad Asks A Question Arab Women Know All Too Well

VIDEO: Nike's New Ad Asks A Question Arab Women Know All Too Well

I was interviewed by NPR about the Nike video featuring a range of sportswomen which I blogged about. Read on…. 

The Gulf: A New Arena for Muslim Women in Sports

The Gulf: A New Arena for Muslim Women in Sports

I had the opportunity to contribute a blog post for Arab Gulf Institute in Washington about women and action sports in the gulf region. Read on…. 

Youth Sport in the Middle East. In Routledge Handbook on Youth Sport.

Youth Sport in the Middle East. In Routledge Handbook on Youth Sport.

Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H. (2016). Youth Sport in the Middle East. In Routledge Handbook on Youth Sport. 

Youth, action sports and political agency in the Middle East: Lessons from a grassroots parkour group in Gaza

Youth, action sports and political agency in the Middle East: Lessons from a grassroots parkour group in Gaza

Thorpe, H. & Ahmad, N. (2013). Youth, action sports and political agency in the Middle East: Lessons from a grassroots parkour group in Gaza, International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

Transnational families in Armenia and information communication technology use

Transnational families in Armenia and information communication technology use

Pearce, K. E., Slaker, J. S., & Ahmad, N. (2013). Transnational families in Armenia and information communication technology use. International Journal of Communication.

‘Sport and National Identity in a Global World’ Symposium

‘Sport and National Identity in a Global World’ Symposium

I had the opportunity to be the moderator for the “Sport and National Identity in a Global World’s Symposium,” hosted by Dr. Holly Thorpe, a visiting scholar from University of Waikato at Georgetown University.