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Rose-coloured glasses

Tazeen Ahmad 1971-2019

Welcome to sister-hood

Inspirations

Hawa Jibril 1920-2011

We are the ones who raised the flag on high God gave it to us, and we were the agents But we will lose it if we do not stand up in its defence. Awake, Sisters! A long struggle awaits…

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Interviews

Memories of colour

Interview with Reem Tariq el Mutwali Dr Reem el Mutwali is an interior designer, scholar and creator of an archive of Arab textiles. sister-hood asked her about her life, her work, and her new project, the Zay Initiative. You’ve talked…

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Poetry

Undercover

Walking down the road, they see me as a secret, as a question with no answers. And while sitting on the bus, in between their talk, I am always there. And on the way to the restaurant or the nearby…

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Inspirations

Sattareh Farman Farmaian 1921-2012

Human beings are like parts of a body, created from the same essence. When one part is hurt and in pain, the others cannot remain in peace and be quiet. – Motto of the Tehran School of Social Work, 1958-1979…

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Interviews

A force for change

Interview with Anne Aly Anne Aly represents the electorate of Cowan as the first Muslim parliamentarian in Australia. She is a professor, lecturer and academic specialising in counter-terrorism and the founder of People Against Violent Extremism (PaVE). sister-hood asked her…

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Experiences

A child discovering Islam

My ten-year-old son has become inquisitive about Islam. He is slowly discovering it through my answers to his questions, through books and mostly through the Internet. There is only so much I can tell him though. What I really want…

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Experiences

Morning, 12th July

10am I’ve fallen again. I don’t know what happens overnight. I go to sleep feeling strong and I wake up wanting my life to be over. Is it my period? A part of me knows I will overcome. Yet a…

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Experiences

Women have to find fulfillment

While scrolling on social media this morning, I came across a speech that I was deeply moved by. It was given by the actress Glenn Close as she was awarded a Golden Globe this year. Her speech was directed to…

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Inspirations

Queen Amina of Hausaland c. 1533-1610

Strange things have happened in the history of the seven Hausa States, and most strange of these is the extent of the possessions which God gave to Aminatu, daughter of the ruler of Zazzau. She waged war in the Hausa…

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A piece of me

Sara Elgamal’s documentary A Piece of Me follows three survivors of FGM who are campaigning against the practice. FGM is a very sensitive topic to explore. What made you decide to take on the challenge? I initially went into this…

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Poetry

The base of his tree

I noticed a bird  That could no longer fly He extended his wings Carefully Gracefully But they could no longer lift him up  He flapped them  Stretched them Did what he knew  What he was accustomed to  But could no…

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Experiences

Is God a feminist?

Pa·tri·arch·y A system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family Nothing should deter me from my deen. Yet, for my whole life, I have tried to shut out the opinions of…

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Experiences

How to stop loving an abuser

There are many terms, labels and adjectives used in talking about abuse. They don’t always capture the issue of the twisted, warped, dysfunctional heart that longs to return to the abuser. Physically leaving an abuser is an achievable, practical goal:…

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In the prison system

Interview with Sofia Buncy Sofia Buncy, founder and National Coordinator of the Muslim Women in Prison Rehabilitation Project, contributes to several national steering groups. She has co-authored a new report – Sisters in Desistance – which explores the experiences of…

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Inspirations

Padishah Khatun ?-1294

I am that woman whose works are good. Under my veil is kingly power. – Padishah Khatun Padishah Khatun was the sixth sovereign of the Kutlugh-Khanid dynasty of Mongols, and the ruler of Kerman. She was the first non-Mongol woman…

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