The Vassar Muslim Student Association
I was invited to join the NAIMS team at Vassar College to discuss the Native American Indigenous Muslim Project.
NATIVE AMERICAN AND INDIGENOUS MUSLIM STORIES: Reclaiming the Narrative
I am so grateful to be part of the NAIMS project and team. The first portion of the NAIMS project is live. It features the photo narratives of each participant. Click through each slide to learn more about each participant’s stories.
Sports in the Global South
I had a wonderful opportunity to be one of the panelist for the Institute for Advanced Study in the Global South at Northwestern University in Qatar (#IAS_NUQ). The session focused on sports major part of the everyday lives, politics, cultures, media, and imaginations of the Global South. Yet, how sports and the ‘Global South’ intersect continues to demand interrogation. Historically, sports, in all their diversity, have been central to how the countries and people of the so-called Global South have been both integrated and systematically excluded from participating on the world stage. Across the globe, everyday sporting practices and discourses continue to be shaped by the legacies of colonialism and marked by elements of racism, sexism, classism, and agism, to name a few. And yet, sports often bear some of the wildest dreams of development, economic mobility, equality, and world peace. As Qatar prepares to become the first Arab country to host the World Cup, #IAS_NUQ seeks to explore how sports and the Global South, as lived realities and notions, shape each other. What is the continued relevance of sports in understanding the societies, cultures, histories, and media systems of the Global South? This panel brings together scholars from a range of disciplines and locations to interrogate the valence of sports as a lens for understanding the Global South, and vice versa, with a particular focus on examining media systems, geopolitics, performativity, and gender.
“We seek those moments of togetherness”: digital intimacies, virtual touch and becoming community in pandemic times
Thorpe, H., Jeffrey, A., Fullagar, S., & Ahmad, N. (2022). “We seek those moments of togetherness”: digital intimacies, virtual touch and becoming community in pandemic times. Feminist Media Studies, 1-18. Available: here.
Serving Community Through Ethical Research
I had a wonderful opportunity to be a guest speaker for Skater Uktis an all-Muslim female global skate group. The presentation focused on the importance of conducting ethical research with communities. If you are interested in the recording please reach out.
'More Obstacles Than Achievements'
I had a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Women Win and Adidas on their Breaking Barriers Project. The research examines the state of girls’ sport in the EU looking at the barriers that limit and/or hinder sport participation, and the actionable opportunities that remain. You can read the white paper here.
Critical Encounters with Social Media in Women's Sport and Physical Culture
Toffoletti, K., Ahmad, N., & Thorpe, H. (2022). Critical Encounters with Social Media in Women’s Sport and Physical Culture. In Sanderson, J. (Ed.), Sport, Social Media, and Digital Technology: Sociological Approaches. Emerald Publishing. Available: here.
A New Chapter For Refugees
Skateistan is doing some amazing work. I am grateful to be part of the program that is currently happening in Albania and soo proud of the youth leaders who are providing so much joy to all. Some background info here.
Proposed French law banning hijab in sport is heinous and harmful
I offered some insights into the Hijab ban in France. Read it here.
Feminist Approaches to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL)
Hayhurst, L., Thorpe, H., Chawanksy, M., & Ahmad, N. (In press). Feminist Approaches to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), In Hayhurst, L., Thorpe, H., & Chawanksy, M. (Eds.). Sport, Gender and Development: Intersections, Innovations and Future Trajectories. Emerald Publishing. Available: here.
Women Yoga Practitioners’ Experiences in the Pandemic: From Collective Exhaustion to Affirmative Ethics
Jeffrey, A., Thorpe, H., & Ahmad. N. (2021). Women Yoga Practitioners’ Experiences in the Pandemic: From Collective Exhaustion to Affirmative Ethics. Sociology of Sport Journal. Advance online publication available here: https://doi.org/10.1123/ssj.
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
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
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
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
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
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, 12(4), 637-653, Available here: 10.1080/19406940.2020.1827006
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
Ahmad, N. & Thorpe, H. (2020). Muslim Sportswomen as Digital Space Invaders: Hashtag Politics and Everyday Visibilities. Communication & Sport. Read here.
The digital lives of Muslim sportswomen: Navigating the spaces of sport, culture, and social media (2019)
My PhD thesis is now live and can be found here.
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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
I was interviewed by Stuff NZ regarding my dissertation topic and its findings: Read all about it here
#Muslim #Sportswoman: Dismantling dominant narratives through digital media
I was invited by Engaging Sports to submit a piece about my PhD. Read all about it here: #Muslim #Sportswoman: Dismantling dominant narratives through digital media
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
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
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
I had the opportunity to contribute a blog post for Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington about women and action sports in the gulf region.
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
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
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
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.