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Opinions

The last acceptable prejudice

It is now rightly considered socially unacceptable to be racist or sexist. The kind of brash racism and sexism that some of my ancestors experienced is at an all-time low. Nobody can deny that both institutional racism and sexism do…

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Poetry

Paralysis

It enters through my feet. It stops my feet from moving. It paralyses me so I am unable to get out of bed. It begins to fill me. It fills me up to my hips. The lower back ache intensifies….

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Experiences

The in-between Muslim

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. There are just under 2 billion Muslims in the world. However, we don’t always acknowledge that within those millions, each Muslim holds a different, personal meaning of Islam. Globally, Muslims in…

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Poetry

To all the women

To all the women/girls and sisterhood To all those suffering silently The abuses, restrictions, repressions of mothers/fathers and parents present To the verbal and emotional abuse and turmoil you/we/i all go through To pain and torture of relentless harassing To…

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Opinions

Angels, murderers and worshippers

How are young people to make sense of the media response to Christchurch? Words matter. So why are media studies being stripped from our English curriculum just when our young people need it most? An ‘angelic boy’: this is how…

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Experiences

Depression and being Muslim

Within Muslim society as a whole, one of the many topics that does not get discussed, and which could lead to a very dangerously unhealthy situation, is depression. I could sit here and give you the American Psychological Association’s definition…

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Poetry

We are free

We are free. We are free to do harm or not. We are free to lie or tell the truth, to say hurtful words or remain silent. We are free to steal or not, to kill or not, to respect…

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Experiences

Why we marched in Pakistan

Pakistan has a rich history of women’s participation in the political and social spheres. The Pakistani movement for independence from British colonialism (1940-1947) saw women participating as actively as the men. The Aurat March was so necessary and long overdue.  This…

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Interviews

What if it were you?

Elizabeth Arif-Fear is the founder of Voice of Salam, an international human rights and interfaith platform. She’s recently published a collection of poetry drawing attention to human rights issues. sister-hood asked her about her activism, her poetry and what drives…

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Opinions

Fifty.

The shooting at Christchurch Mosque in New Zealand happened on the 15th March. It was a Friday. People were attending Friday prayers. Six people were confirmed dead before the day was over. After I found out about the attack, I…

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Opinions

Shamima Begum: What went wrong?

 As a British Muslim woman, parent and teacher, I’m horrified by our Home Secretary’s handling of the Begum case – not least because he’s wasting the opportunity to learn more about how extremist grooming works – and how it can…

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Interviews

A whole new life

Interview with Deeyah Khan We spoke to sister-hood’s founder, Deeyah Khan, after an eventful year filled with personal and professional triumphs. Last year you won several awards for your film White Right: Meeting the Enemy, including an Emmy. What is…

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Inspirations

Zaha Hadid 1950- 2016

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her deconstructive, avant-garde approach to design. Born into a cosmopolitan milieu in Baghdad, Zaha was intrigued by architecture from an early age. Her father was an industrialist and politician in post-Mandate…

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