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

A whole new life

Zaha Hadid 1950- 2016

Welcome to sister-hood

Inspirations

Hamideh Khanum Javanshir 1873-1955

It was the year 1905; the powerful waves of the revolution had started. In the summer in Shusha, Armenians and Moslems clashed and unrest was everywhere and the roads were dangerous. I was living in the village of Kahrizli, which…

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IWD 2019: Still fighting

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we at sister-hood can look back upon ground-breaking achievements by women of Muslim heritage since last year’s celebration. In politics, for instance, we have seen the election of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the…

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Experiences

The boy in my room

As a Pakistani woman, I have only ever brought one man to my house to meet my father. It was because I thought he might be the one I would marry. It turned out he was a jerk, so we…

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Experiences

Feminism. Islam. Antisemitism.

Despite the current emergence of an activist feminist movement, formed in response to the election of Donald Trump, there seems to be a strange rift being created between women. We are at each other’s throats, and struggle to find common…

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Experiences

No segregation in education

Pashtun culture insists upon a strict gender regime, separating women from men. Women are not permitted to compete with men, or even to speak with them. When women have to go out of their homes, for instance to the market,…

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Interviews

Interview with Mariam Khan

An interview with Mariam Khan, the editor of ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’, an anthology of non-fiction writing by women of Muslim heritage. Congratulations on publishing your anthology of writing by women of Muslim heritage. What triggered you to start…

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Experiences

A childhood in a cult

Although the common perception is that Saudi Arabia is religiously homogenous, it is actually diverse in its religiosity and religious practices, despite the state’s efforts to present a unified image of its Sunni Muslim identity. The existence of a Shi’a…

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Opinions

Colourism in the Arab world

Habibi Ya Nour El Ain… Unless you’re a dark-skinned Arab Art is often used as a tool to explore and represent attitudes and issues of the time. Be it in Hollywood, US and UK Music trends or the behemoth that…

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Opinions

Core values

Brene Brown’s latest book Dare to Lead urges today’s leaders – which means you, me, and the entire world FYI – to take time to consider their two core values. No, for those of you wondering about your personal and professional lives,…

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Poetry

Playing in the un-holy battlefield

Before I send you another strong line That will send a shiver up your spine Details of how I was sheltered through the storm Below is a passage that describes my land and home! In this kingdom of Ashes, The…

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Inspirations

Atiya Fyzee 1877-1967

27 September 1907: The sea has reached its end; the shore of Bombay is here. We stepped on land, boarded a carriage and came to our house. Ah, I reached my homeland safely. I saw the dear faces of my…

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