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Experiences

Why I rejected religion

My parents were never that religious. I remember my father criticizing the Saudis, who naturally many Muslims gravitate towards, since most of Islam’s holiest sites happen to be located in that vicinity. Some Pakistanis even like the Saudi version of…

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The Bleu Mosque, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan © Kenza Saadi
Experiences

Kaka Ibrahim

It was early November; a cold and rainy day in Mazar-e-Sharif. The family was heading to the house of Kaka (Uncle) Ibrahim to celebrate the Eid. As we drove, the rain grew heavier and colder, while the mud on the…

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Experiences

Shamed out of hijab

There is nothing I believe in more than my conviction in The Almighty and Islam. I feel disgraced by my inability to declare my faith publicly, under scrutiny of prying, disdainful eyes. I am too comfortable with the usual presumption…

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Experiences

The first generation of ex-Muslims

Navigating through life is a lot like walking on a tightrope. Any misstep or harsh wind, and you could find yourself careering towards the net below.  The problem is, as with a lot of open ex-Muslims, there was no net…

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Opinions

I am not your token Muslim girl

Sometimes, I look at myself and wonder what my parents say when they talk about me to other family members. Or what they’ve told my teachers in past parent-teacher interviews, or what they think when we sit down for awkward…

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Poetry

Daddy Issues

I’ve always defended you in your absence In the way I laughed off daddy issues when they were brought up As if it were a thing so foreign to me In the way I nodded in agreement when people praised…

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Experiences

Consent not required

In the April of last year I met someone and unexpectedly fell in love. At 25 years old, and having grown up seeing dysfunctional marriages all around me, I had never prioritized marriage as a goal. Instead I parked my…

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Poetry

5:41 am

Yes, we are Muslim women, but we are still humans that get our hearts broken. A friend of mine was asking me how she should support her loved one who is heartbroken. From that conversation this poem was born. 5:41…

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Opinions

Getting into trouble

I stood crippled for a month at the intersection of two of the most important issues in Saudi Arabia. These two issues: women’s rights, and freedom of speech, have been the focus of debate in the public domain, and they…

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Experiences

An extraordinary background

I often forget that my family has an extraordinary background. My friends do the same.  I regularly forget my history and we sit together and talk about politics and poetry. I would not have it any other way. It would…

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Interviews and Reviews

Braving the waves for women in Iran

Interview with Mina Keshavarz The documentary film maker Mina Keshavarz visited the ‘Films from the South’ festival in Oslo, just three weeks after completing her documentary ‘Braving the Waves.’ One of the goals of this festival is to present a…

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Experiences

To an abusive father

We were all listening. She couldn’t endure it any longer. She burst into the room and shouted ‘You fucking bastard.’ It was always my younger sister who was the brave one, unafraid to throw herself between you and your chosen…

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Experiences

At the hands of my girlfriend

I first came across my ex on an app. She was my first partner. I thought that we had something special, but I was very wrong. It wasn’t long before her true colours were revealed. It first started off with…

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Inspirations

Meena 1957-1987

I’m the woman who has awoken I’ve found my path and will never return Poem by Meena   Meena was born into a middle class family in Kabul. Her grandparents had relocated from a rural region and in some ways,…

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Videos

womanness: a poem film

There are times When I’m browsing through the market And I am struck By my Womanness It sneaks around the corner Maybe I’ll see it In the eyes of a stranger lingering too long In the gruff holler of a…

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