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Inspirations

Shamima Shaikh 1960-1998

They claim that Islam gave women the right to equal education and civil and economic rights, but at the end of their analysis they come to the conclusion that a woman’s place is in her husband’s home and that she…

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Poetry

The White Privilege

A cherished childhood spent cocooned in my inward-looking community, Protected me from the indoctrination of a white-privileged history. But when I stepped into a world where brown was under-represented My identity… Was molested. My speech, skin, hair and dress, seemed…

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Inspirations

Samira Bellil 1972-2004

‘Lots of girls, whom I knew at the time, and who, like me, had their childhoods wrecked by a rape and its aftermath  ̶  bad reps, total rejection and abandonment  ̶  “turned bad.”’ – Samira Bellil. Samira Bellil was a…

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Poetry

The prophets are leaving

Can you hear them? The prophets are leaving. They have had enough. The mountains no longer go to them, no sea is churned, while the sky hides its moon and the stars are too blurry to read. The earth lays…

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Opinions

Countering extremisms

Human beings are prone to persuasion. If this persuasion has a political or religious leaning, it can be persistent to the extent of becoming equivalent to brainwashing. At first, such indoctrination may appear superficially innocuous but it can have huge…

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Opinions

Defining “Islamophobia”

The APPG’s definition of ‘Islamophobia’ is a triumph for fundamentalists “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness” – All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims definition of Islamophobia The…

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Interviews

Far From Home

British actress Zoha Rahman has landed a part in Marvel’s summer blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far from Home making her the first hijabi character to feature in the Marvel Comic universe. In this exclusive interview we spoke to Zoha about her groundbreaking role and the importance of representation.  Congratulations on being cast…

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Poetry

naivety

i will not ask for love until i am handed some. i ask for your love, vulnerable and raw. will you rip your chest apart to show me which demons lie beneath it? remember, the cascading waterfall i took you…

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Experiences

I swear I’ve tried

Slit my throat yourself before forcing me to marry a man. It’ll hurt everyone less. I am gay. And I am so sorry. Please. …but it is what it is. And can’t change that… Even if I wanted to. Believe…

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Opinions

Should you have kids?

I am pretty sure plenty of us have heard the line, ‘We fed you, clothed you and housed you’ from our parents throughout our lives. They feel this entitles them to make every decision about our lives and our futures….

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Poetry

Halfway to Suhur

Halfway to suhur the night opens its iwan a resonating chamber as glorious to me as the throat of a frog is to a frog who only differs from the choir of mysterious harmonising night creatures outside by the scale…

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Experiences

Presenting my religion

Currently, I’m preparing for a presentation next week in class. It is about my religion, Islam. In my country, taking a course in religion is mandatory in college and this semester I will take that course along with students who…

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Opinions

Tolerating intolerance

Some British Muslim parents have opposed the teaching of the ‘No Outsiders’ programme in primary schools, which is intended to teach pupils about diversity and equality. For weeks, they rallied outside the school gates – until they were banned. These…

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Reviews

Football and freedom

Review: Freedom Fields Naziha Arebi’s debut film ‘Freedom Fields’ is an intimate, five-year exploration of the lives of the women of Libya’s national football team. Brought up in the UK with a Libyan father, Arebi travelled to Tripoli for the…

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Reviews

Maha Zimmo’s “Rose Water Syrup”

Kenza Saadi reviews Maha Zimmo’s debut poetry collection “rose-water syrup” released on June 1st. The scents of roses, of rose water, of pomegranate, of bread baking in the clay oven, and of salt in the air by the sea mix…

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