Naila Missous
Naila is a primary school teacher and freelance writer; with particular interest in North Africa/Middle Eastern Women and their rights, Religion, Lifestyle, World Cultures and Society.

Entries by Naila Missous

Algeria to New Caledonia: An Exile

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2016 | (18:43)

Algerians of New Caledonia, known as Algerians of the Pacific are a group men that were deported by French Authorities to labour camps on the islands of New Caledonia in 1873, just off the coast of Australia. Why? As punishment for participating in the 1871 uprising against the French Colonial...

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Chasing Tradition in Algeria

(1) Comments | Posted 31 January 2016 | (10:44)

Like many countries, Algeria prides itself in an array of traditional clothing, each with a unique history. For both men and women, the existence of traditional clothing in Algeria allows Algerians to take pride in their country's past, as well as tell a story. Each wilaya (provinces) of Algeria has...

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Female Empowerment isn't just a Woman's job

(0) Comments | Posted 18 July 2013 | (17:10)

The media is full of criticism and for some part, celebration of the female. Her achievements, however, seem quite menial in light of the bashing they receive. It seems that journalists and social media alike know excatly how to put a woman down: from the 'before' and 'after' shots, the...

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Eastern Promise

(0) Comments | Posted 17 July 2013 | (13:12)

Reappropriation is usually understood as the cultural process by which a group (usually those dominant within society) reclaim ideas or terms which were previously used in a way that disparaged of the 'other'. In other words, those dominant groups salvage the cultural stereotypes, racial connotations, the sexist slurs and so...

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Real Bad Muslims

(0) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (12:22)

In light of the Channel 4 decision to play the adhan (Muslim call to prayer) daily during the holy month of Ramadan, I thought a post from the perspective of a Western Muslim would be much needed.

Ramadan, which falls on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is...

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The Dying Art of Beauty: Skin Bleaching

(4) Comments | Posted 12 June 2013 | (15:36)

Despite the unprecedented freedoms that decolonisation has brought many Black and non-white people - especially in specific regions of Africa and Asia- freedom and its fulfilment along with contested meanings remain a preoccupation within Black and Asian cultural discourses and practices.

This can be seen in the rise in popularity...

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'The Importance of This Art? To Move the World'

(0) Comments | Posted 6 June 2013 | (21:00)

Spoken word has developed a dedicated audience, along with a strong voice over recent years. Often, it has been used as a key tool in delivering a message, through rhythm, rhyme and concrete language. The lasting impression, is found in the silence of the audience.

Similar to its harsher...

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Middle Eastern and North African Women Need to Challenge Prevailing Restrictive and Legal Practices Not from the West, But From the Islamic Tradition Itself

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (12:27)

Muslim women, just as women of all religious affiliations and backgrounds, struggle against various forms of gender discrimination. What is important, is to distinguish between constraints imposed by Islam as a religion and the Patriarchal cultural norms that predate Islam. Legal restrictions on women's autonomy are often an amalgamation of...

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'We're Hard-Wired to Do Good. I Believe That'

(2) Comments | Posted 30 April 2013 | (10:19)

Who says the young can't be accomplished, motivated and driven?

Meet Tim Armoo: an 18 year old A-level student based in South West London. His vision? To raise awareness, through the medium of design for charitable causes via his company Doodlar. Alongside side Tim, the company comprises of four...

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Society Branding

(0) Comments | Posted 26 April 2013 | (18:27)

Society can brand us as part of a tribe. These tribes have long been assembled through society with already pre-configured requirements which band together physical appearance, the musical genre itself and in some cases class also. The beauty of music however, is that we as individuals are allowed to pick...

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Realness Lies in the Reality of the Lyrics

(0) Comments | Posted 4 April 2013 | (21:25)

"Hip-hop's claim to fame is the claim of authenticity in its undaunted portrayals of ghetto reality", writes Professor S. Craig Watkins. Here, Watkins assumingly refers to the segregation of the urban community from the mainstream; with ghetto reality being argued as the validation for hip-hop's own marginalisation within its own...

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'My Culture Is Not for Sale'

(3) Comments | Posted 27 March 2013 | (16:41)

Fashion has throughout the years transgressed: it's not known for following the rules. It likes to be a little different, daring and controversial. But it's all in the name of 'fashion' so it works, right? Any institution that's been around since the adornment of loin cloths will have had its...

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Since 1911 til...

(2) Comments | Posted 6 March 2013 | (19:37)

This year International Women's Day falls on 8 March 2013: a celebration of achievements, progress and all good done by the talented women of the world.

I don't want this blog post to be obvious; showcasing how one celebrity do-gooder has helped promote an international charity group, or how a...

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Do Arab Women Have a Voice?

(65) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (21:13)

Women of the Middle East: oh those poor oppressed souls; forced to cover themselves from head to toe by their polygamous, blood relative husbands who consider them like a commodity. Or are they?

Here lies a huge misconception, problematic, and sadly concrete stereotype. The issue of religion is somewhat governed...

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Pretty Green Things

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (11:11)

The calibre of students taking it upon themselves to inspire and instigate their own innovative and original ideas has rocketed and almost become a staple of the all encompassing Brit student. From student journalists, part time designers and society workers, students around Britain are finding new and exciting ways of...

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Catch 22

(0) Comments | Posted 14 January 2013 | (10:40)

Now, before we get the omniscient individuals who wag their fingers at us, telling us that opting for a vocational course would have been favourable over a degree that doesn't lead you straight into a job in this current climate: I know. Every single student knows.

Recent figures have...

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Beauty and the Label

(0) Comments | Posted 24 December 2012 | (09:39)

It's a busy and enticing sight. Four by four cars roaring past, taxis consuming the majority of road space, lights flickering on and off. Dazzling neon billboards by Sephora advocating that 'beauty is intelligence'. Timelines showing the constant rise of Coca-Cola and Pepsi sitting side by side as a tram...

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The Stay at Home Student

(0) Comments | Posted 16 December 2012 | (13:58)

University. It's about meeting new people, living on a diet of baked beans and getting as far away from your parents as possible. Isn't it? Not anymore.

Increasingly, more and more students are opting to live at home, be it for their undergraduate or postgraduate degrees, reaping the economic benefits...

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Changing Society: The Multicultural University

(1) Comments | Posted 11 December 2012 | (15:45)

As a student from an ethnic minority background, I have often found myself interested in the situation of race, ethnicity and youth culture among British students at University.

I feel time after time the need to critically assess the viewpoint of how diversity may fashion a student's experiences during the...

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