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Complacency about sharia is a threat to women’s rights

Halala

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Experiences

Best frenemy

I went to an all-girls school. I am the second of three girls in my family, and my closest friends are all women. I get women. I am good at navigating spaces with women and I cherish the deep bonds…

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Experiences

SheCodes

This is a typical millennial story, in the sense that it began on Twitter. Between the memes and the drama I saw a tweet about something called SheCodes. I hesitated at first but then I was like, why not, I’ve…

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Videos

The changing colours of women

In this documentary women, men and young people talk about gender roles and sexism within the MENA region. The film addresses gender from many different perspectives and shows changing attitudes to women in the Muslim world.   This video was produced…

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Opinions

She leads Africa

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of entrepreneurship in Africa? It’s probably not young, ambitious African women and girls. According to CNN, although sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship across the world…

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Opinions

Compartmentalizing

Compartmentalizing — even writing the word requires placing your concentration in boxy syllables! Yes — placing things in compartments, labelling them with a neat, unequivocal tag. When you put items in boxes, you have to be clear. You cannot have,…

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Experiences

Do not interrupt me, sir

As my male interviewee interrupts me for the third time in the same session, I ask myself: ‘Would he have done that if I were a man?’ I do not entertain that thought for long, because I must jot down…

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Experiences

Fighting for space in God’s house

From a young age, I remember being told that the Ka’bah was ‘Allah’s House’ and that this did not mean God lived there as we did in our homes – eating and washing and sleeping – but that this was…

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Poetry

When Irish soda bread read Surah Fatihah

Sunlight streamed through the kitchen blinds to witness its part, as wisps of stalks kissed the sky far off, stretching in bulk – in hopes of someday joining the flour board to Surahs. The salt of the earth knew its…

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Experiences

Fighting back!

A personal story Taking advantage of her small but sleek frame, she entered the crowded lift without hesitation, in spite of some people who were shaking their heads. She didn’t give it a thought: she knew the lifts were always…

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Inspirations

Rashid Jahan (1905-1952)

A man thinks as long as he has given a woman food and clothing he has done enough. The more conscientious husband would think he is being fair if he spends one night with one wife and the other with…

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Interviews

Underground cinema in Iran

In July of this year, Jafar Panahi’s film Three Faces was nominated at the Cannes Festival. This sparked renewed international interest in cinema, particularly ‘underground cinema’ in Iran. This propelled me to find out more about the scene. Where did…

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Experiences

No regrets

I am now 87 years old. I have never understood regret. People ask me: ‘What are your regrets in life? I never know how to answer. I ask them, ‘What should I regret?’ Should I regret being born in an…

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Experiences

Hair-raising

‘Ooh, you do have thick hair don’t you?’ the hairdresser said, as she ran a roller brush through a large lock of strands, twisting it outwards with a force that made my head jerk violently with it. ‘Yes it is…

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