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

Jamila

A band-aid nation

Welcome to sister-hood

sister-hood

Women in/between worlds

With many women and girls growing up in countries and cultures very different from those of their parents, there can be a sense of sense of falling between different cultures: the separate worlds that can be vastly different between home…

Continue reading
Opinions

Identity politics hold us back

Although the announcement of the Nike Pro hijab is far from news, its recent listing as one of the best 25 inventions of 2017 in Time Magazine has generated controversy. Social media, yet again, blazes with righteous indignation on both…

Continue reading
Opinions

Successes for women in Jordan

Women’s rights activists in Jordan have had a lot to rejoice about this year. Of their many demands, two major legal changes were finally made by Jordanian legislators and decision-makers. Almost ten years ago, the women’s movement placed a lot…

Continue reading
Opinions

A year on- and what have we learnt?

Just over a year ago, I wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about racism and how it affected me as a young British woman of Middle Eastern and Muslim heritage, and how it impacted upon my identity growing up….

Continue reading
Interviews and Reviews

Raising LGBTQ voices

A dispatch from the International Documentary Film Festival Me gusta el mar y la mujer cuando llora/Las golondrinas y las malas señoras/Saltar balcones y abrir las ventanas/Y las muchachas en abril. ‘I like the sea and the women when they…

Continue reading
Opinions

Hijab: Ofsted should be addressing schools

A few weeks ago, a group of campaigners and activists met with Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Schools, to discuss the hijab, which is part of school uniform policy for one in five primary schools in the UK. Following…

Continue reading
sister-hood

Women confronting extremism

Since 9/11, the public image of Islam has been inextricably associated with extremism, and has formed the centre of hostile attitudes towards Muslims. Meanwhile, many Muslim women find themselves targets of vicious Islamophobia, as well as conflicts around the roles…

Continue reading
Experiences

Marriage and motherhood

A divine double moral code Since I was a child I hated the word marriage. All the married women around me looked miserable, including my grandmother, mother, aunts, cousins and others. Even when they smiled or laughed they looked sad….

Continue reading
Experiences

A gluten-free naan for my nihari

No more BYOB (Bring Your Own Bread) A year ago I went to eat at a Halal burger kiosk at a mall food court in Brea, California. My stomach was growling since I hadn’t eaten in a while and don’t…

Continue reading
Poetry

The anger under my tongue

I was brought up to live through agony To fly with my bleeding wings As I survive My freedoms, stolen from me Since I was announced a girl My tongue, slashed My Being, made invisible As I survive   I…

Continue reading
Opinions

A virgin sacrifice

If you type ‘victim’ into a Farsi dictionary, one option you get is ‘sacrifice’, which is what the word victim originally meant. Are women, then, sacrificial offerings upon the altar of some kind of god? An Afghan proverb says that…

Continue reading
Interviews and Reviews

Female Lust: Love, joy and art

Roisin O’Laughlin grew up in the west of Ireland and came to London to train as an actress at RADA in 2008. After finding herself frustrated with the silencing of Arab female voices across history, she launched her exhibition ‘Radical…

Continue reading
Opinions

Decolonising the canon

A recent article in The Guardian explored what a truly diverse reading list would look like, with input from black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors such as Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and others. The article, and reflection on…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Sayyida al Hurra c. 1493-after 1542

Lalla Aicha (or Fatima) bint Ali ibn Rashid al-Alami, best known as Sayyida al Hurra, was the governor of Tétouan in Morocco. She is the only woman in the history of that country to have ruled directly in her own…

Continue reading