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

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Poetry

Hunger prayers

  We see those empty bellied stares Through a screen. And we barely care. Dissociate, we separate, our emotions, abdicate. But take away our sustenance, The tempting calls of gluttonous, Taste the pangs of abstinence, To ignite the spirit of…

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Experiences

A widow’s life

Pashtun women receive an inferior education and no share in a family’s inheritance. Marriage contracts do not entitle them to any money. Women must depend upon men. Men must do everything: a man provides all the shopping and household goods,…

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Reviews

Terror princesses and mourning mothers

‘Women and Terrorism: A gendered study’ review What makes a woman jeopardise her life and the lives of her children through engaging in violent extremism? The most common answers claim she is weak, manipulated or brain-washed, but these are superficial,…

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Experiences

Not a girl

For more than 10 years now, I’ve been pretty much obsessed with what I consider to be the ‘half-adult status of women in Jordan’. I wrote this post with a lot of anger and passion! I feel I need to re-stress…

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Experiences

The women’s circle

In a prayer room at an Islamic Center in Downtown Manhattan, 20 women sit in a circle. They’re a mix of housewives, high school teachers, graduate students, mothers. Some wear headscarves and some don’t. Some are recent converts; others were…

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Experiences

Where’s the respect

I just got back from speaking at a prestigious event organised by one of the most powerful organisations in the world. They invited me to talk to students as a role model for young people and a change-maker in my…

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Inspirations

Leyla Mammadbeyova (1909-1989)

Leyla Alasgar qizi Mammadbeyova, born Leyla Zeynalova, was the first female pilot in the Caucusus, Southern Europe and Middle Eastern region, as well as being a flight instructor who trained many other pilots. Mammadbeyova was famous across her native Azerbaijan,…

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Videos

Video interview with Mona Eltahawy

In this frank and intimate interview with feminist journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy, she recounts a harrowing description of her abuse at the hands of the police during the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt. Mona provides advice to women of…

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Experiences

Good Morning America!

This isn’t an article about Islam. It’s about Good Morning America in the 1980s. It’s about perceptions. It’s about the media. It’s about time. It’s about space. It’s about my mother. Joan Lunden and David Hartman were the co-hosts of…

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Opinions

Battlefronts

I feel exhausted today. A few of my posts on Facebook sparked some hostile ‘debate’. One of my posts was a petition calling for ‘illegal immigrants’ to be granted amnesty after ten years of being in Britain. Of course, I…

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Experiences

Moving towards home

I was born outside my original village. Because of ‘ethnic cleansing’, I have never smelled the rain on the shore. I have never seen our house. I have never tasted the bread that my grandma used to bake every sunrise;…

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Opinions

A woman’s price

There are no inheritance rights for women under Pashtun custom. They do not receive a share in their parent’s property. All of the property is divided between the sons. There is nothing for their daughters. Instead, they marry off their…

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Experiences

Honour or humanity?

During the time I lived in India as an Iranian, not a single day would pass without reports about women being raped or killed in newspapers. A flip of a page; a stomach-churning report on honour killings. A glance at…

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Interviews

Saving lives in Afghanistan

Aya Nader from ICAN interviewed Mary Akrami, an award winning women’s rights defender and director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Centre on the topics of violence and discrimination against women and the lives she has saved. Is domestic violence…

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