sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

Pakistani women: liberated, oppressed, or both?

Born dirty, ugly and guilty

Welcome to sister-hood

Opinions

Hijab as a saviour

The official Twitter account of Dar al-Ifta’, the formal centre issuing Islamic fatwa (religious rulings) in Egypt, has blocked two liberal women ‘tweeps’ before a hijab fatwa. These two women are Dr. Alyaa Gad and the poet Marwa Ma’moon, who…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Halide Edib Adivar (1884-1964)

I who had dreamed of a nationalism which will create a happy land of beauty, understanding, and love, I have seen nothing but mutual massacre and mutual hatred; I have seen nothing but ideals used as instruments for creating human…

Continue reading
Poetry

I have my eyes closed

I find it dim right away Here, for you I may pray or at least, I try to say I try to find a place to lay   I have my eyes closed   I solemnly choose good words, sentences…

Continue reading
Interviews and Reviews

What will people say

Interview with Iram Haq Norwegian/Pakistani director, actor and screenwriter Iram Haq’s latest film What Will People Say explores the topics of ‘honour’-based violence and intergenerational conflicts in a Pakistani family. Iram describes herself as having a passion for art, storytelling and…

Continue reading
Poetry

This is for you.

For the women whose fathers Never stayed, Never poured the love You deserved into your soul. For the women who found love With the men like their fathers, Who fear finding a man Like their fathers. For the women whose…

Continue reading
Poetry

Poem

as companion to her zaatar sandwiches raining olive oil – daily, my grandmother cried salt-water tears into her soil growing cucumbers plucked and offered her daughter as sustenance for the long walk to Canada. it is why salt-water seeds of…

Continue reading
Opinions

Women in Daesh: more than ‘jihadi brides’?

The gendered dynamic within Islamist organisations has been overlooked, making it hard to explain the unprecedented rise of western women joining Daesh (the so-called Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria. Women are integral to the longevity of such organisations and…

Continue reading
Opinions

Hijab: Empowering or oppressive?

Aisha Ali-Khan has caused controversy by suggesting that hijabs should be banned in primary schools. In this article, she responds to some of her critics’ questions. Do you want to ban the hijab? No, absolutely not. I believe that everyone…

Continue reading
Opinions

Day 235 in the age of Trump

Day 235 in the Age of T: The new #MuslimBan3 puts new restrictions on many of us – for Iranians it means no family members can get visas to visit their US based relatives. No grannies or grampas, no cousins or aunties…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Ismat Chughtai (1911- 1991)

When I wrote, I imagined my readers sitting before me. I talked and they listened. Some agreed with me. Some didn’t. Some smiled while others got angry, and some felt jealous. Even now, I experience the same feelings. I narrate…

Continue reading
Poetry

kafir daughter

Dawn reminds me of my father, when I hear the morning birds I think of him waking me in the still-dark gently, his voice softer and older than I remember. ‘It’s time to pray, habooba,’ he says.   Like my visits home,…

Continue reading
Experiences

Sharing from Mexico

It may seem odd to some of you that words from Mexico may be relevant to this publication; and yet, they are. I am a Mexican national, originally from Morocco. I have worked in many war torn places across the…

Continue reading
Opinions

Angel: Review

Dear white male playwright: Middle Eastern women are not your playthings. Henry Naylor’s ‘Angel’ is a one woman show based on the life of Rehana – the legendary Kurdish law student and alleged killer of 100 Isis soldiers. Her photo…

Continue reading