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

Stand with the witches, heretics and blasphemers

My alcoholic mother

Welcome to sister-hood

Reviews

No Longer Without You

How can I walk away when my legs are not my own? And how do I pave my path back? Because my place within the family is my right. No Longer Without You (Niet Meer Zonder Jou) is a painfully…

Continue reading
Poetry

Invisible to visible

I was there when you dragged me on cold floors forcing me to do your chores,Screaming while you locked me in empty dark stores,Telling me I was nothing but a whore,While you knocked me through each and every door. I…

Continue reading
Reviews

Women at the front

The movement to criticise religion, particularly in the USA, has been male-dominated since the turn of the century at least. The so-called four horsemen of atheism are, naturally, all men; sexism based in pseudoscience is often tolerated. Sam Harris, for…

Continue reading
Interviews

“Freedom demands effort!”

Interview with Nadia El Fani Nadia El Fani is film-maker living in France who was in exile from Tunisia for six years due to hostile reactions to her film Laïcité Inch’Allah, an account of Tunisian life immediately before and after…

Continue reading
Opinions

Listen to Kashmir

India’s ruling Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unilaterally revoked Articles 370 and 35-A from the Indian constitution. These articles had granted the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir special rights. Historically, Kashmir had been governed by Mughals, Afghans, Sikhs…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Shaista Ikramullah 1915-2000

It was imperative that the peoples of the world should recognize the existence of a code of civilized behaviour which would apply not only in international relations, but also in domestic affairs. – Shaista Ikramullah Begum Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah was…

Continue reading
Reviews

Words, not weapons

Writing from the frontline Review: Our Woman On The Ground Our Woman On the Ground is an essay collection featuring 16 sahafiyat (female journalists) each writing a chapter on their experiences, spanning the Arab world. With an introductory endorsement by…

Continue reading
Opinions

Crisis in the curry house

Britain’s long-standing love affair with curry houses dates back to 1926, when Veeraswamy, the oldest surviving Indian restaurant, opened in Regent Street.  Curry is often referred to as Britain’s national dish (although the word famously does not exist in India,…

Continue reading
Experiences

The ticking time-bomb

I grew up in a predominantly white, middle class town. There were four Asian-Muslim families in a population of approximately 10,000 people. My family was one. Between the ages of four and eleven, I attended a Church of England primary…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Fadime Sahindal 1975-2002

I thought it would help you to understand how vulnerable immigrant girls often are if I told you what happened to me. It’s not my intention to point the finger at anyone, only try to help you realize the why    …

Continue reading
Opinions

The Cultural Defence

Last year, the renowned Egyptian singer/musician/actor Ahmed Fahmi shared his misogynistic beliefs in a TV interview. Fahmi believes that a woman can have all the dreams and ambitions she wants – as long as they are approved by her man….

Continue reading
Inspirations

Arwa al-Sulayhi 1048-1138

Last of the Sulayhid dynasty, Arwa al-Sulayhi was regent of Yemen for nearly forty years. Raised by her parents-in-law for the purpose of co-ruling with her husband, she became regent during his illness and continued to rule after his death….

Continue reading
Inspirations

Shajar al-Durr c. 1220-1257

Shajar al-Durr (also known as Shajara, Shagrat, Shagar, Shaggar, ior Shagarat) ruled Egypt in between the Ayyubid dynasty and the Mamluk era, playing a crucial role in the Seventh Crusade. An ambitious, passionate and ruthless woman, she rose from the…

Continue reading
Experiences

Blowing smoke

Every time I go and watch a movie at the cinema, I see an advert for tobacco which ends with the line ‘Smoking is injurious to your health.’ Like everyone else, I know this is true – but I have…

Continue reading
Experiences

Pashtun sisterhood

‘All women are working women… only a few are salaried’ The above slogan for International Women’s Day became popular inside those four walls where women work in silence. International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. This day…

Continue reading