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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…

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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…

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Opinions

You must survive

Amongst all of God’s creations, people consider rocks, mountains and glaciers to be the strongest. When referring to something sturdy, we describe it as being ‘as solid as rock’. Yet, a weird strength lies underneath the soft skin of a…

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Experiences

Tenderness

She yearned for tenderness. The delicate touch of the skin. The gentle holding of hands. The light weight of another leaning against her. The generous sharing of space and smile and breath. She was the oldest of six children. She…

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Opinions

Can I celebrate Christmas?

I think it’s pretty safe to say at this stage that hatred of Muslims is brewing into something that can no longer be halted – and it is going to get worse before it gets better. These days, Muslims get…

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Experiences

Coded by “honour”

In the Arab world, sex is a taboo subject. It isn’t even thinkable. Sex means marriage, and nothing else. Women must protect their hymens from breaking prior to marriage; otherwise they will live in shame. As Muslims, women and men…

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Gallery

Exploring Purdah

Purdah is a word derived from the Farsi language. Purdah means to veil, to wear enveloping clothing, or to seclude oneself from others. It also signifies curtains.  Over the course of the last few years, I have been recording diversity…

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Inspirations

Kartini (1879-1904)

I have so longed to make the acquaintance of a ‘modern girl’, the proud, independent girl whom I so much admire, who confidently steps through life, cheerfully and in high spirits, full of enthusiasm and commitment, working not just for…

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Interviews and Reviews

Review: The Story of Noon

The Egyptian Revolution in 2011 was so highly documented by demonstrators that the line between art and political activism felt arbitrary. From phone-shot clips to short films such as ‘The Egyptian Revolution’ by Abdullah Sharkas, the camera has been used…

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Opinions

The forgotten Saudi women

King Salman’s historic decree to lift the ban on women driving is indeed a quantum leap towards the expansion of women’s rights within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The King’s bold move is commendable, enacting one of the basic rights…

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Opinions

Undercover Muslim

Brown contact lenses, a prosthetic ‘Asian’ looking nose, complexion darkening makeup, a hijab and some Arabic words. Five things you need to complete your Muslim Woman Halloween Costume. I am not kidding. According to a new documentary, soon to be…

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Experiences

Me too: My secret pain

I’ve been uneasy lately. Frustrated by little things. Short tempered with myself and other random people. One evening last week, I had the rare opportunity to sit quietly by myself and I realized the onslaught of news regarding sexual assault and…

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