Madonna and her Muslim boyfriend, visiting Haghia Sophia and Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul

Four points about Madonna’s interest in Islam

How are we to make sense of Madonna’s interest in Islam? It’s about a number of factors, ranging from Islamophobia to the entertainment industry to racial privilege. And the Islamic ethical tradition might have something to offer us here.

Lady Gaga wearing some pink nightmare of a Burqa

Lady Gaga’s Burqa: appropriation ≠ liberation

Gaga’s appropriation of Burqa is not women’s emancipation. Appropriation is not liberation. No, this is nothing short of taking the projected image of an “other” (Burqa-wearing women), pretending to free them from prison of otherness and plunging them into an abyss of anonymous hypersexualization.