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Amir Khan’s low blows

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Inspirations

Layla Baalbaki 1938-

I would like to say to my father, my mother, my neighbours in our small neighbourhood, and all I see, or pass by me: I live. Feminist novelist Layla Baalbaki, known as ‘the Françoise Sagan of the Arabs’, is noted…

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Opinions

No shame in bleeding

Menstruation remains a sensitive topic to bring up in most of the Middle Eastern and North African region. Although it is one of the changes that a woman goes through when she reaches puberty, it is still a delicate subject…

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Parallel universes collide

‘Seven earths: In every earth is a prophet like your Prophet, an Adam like your Adam, a Noah like your Noah, an Abraham like your Abraham and a Jesus like your Jesus.’  These words of Ibn Abbas, early scholar of…

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Poetry

Not now, only when

All my ten toes, bypassed yearly allergies,
for an infected dream, of like
what could it be, so let it be a summers day.
When it happened to be in a night
from Ramadan. He hurts the ones He loves

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Experiences

Shabi’s marriage

Whilst everyone was wishing her Happy Birthday, I suddenly realised that she was a married woman. She had just turned 18 but had been married off at the age of 16 to a guy who was over 35. My family…

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Opinions

Not Muslim enough

I get frustrated when I read narratives about Muslim women. I also get confused because these narratives often lack the voices of women who were raised in Muslim communities outside the Middle East. It may sound petty, but I barely…

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My mother’s prison

I am fortunate to live between two worlds and two cultures (Arabic-Muslim and European), which allows me to take a third position between them, giving me perspective into both cultures and the ability to define myself and my choices. Arabic-Muslim…

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Opinions

Uncovering Saudi Arabia

If you ask anyone in Saudi Arabia, they will tell you that society is different than it was a few years ago. Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone is progressive. Progressives aren’t even the majority, but small changes are a…

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Experiences

My rebirth

Leaving Islam is hard, but leaving god is even harder. Imagine the night sky: filled with shiny stars getting closer to you. With each movement, one star appears brighter and bigger till you can no longer make sense of the…

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Opinions

The news- in black and blue

I sat with a room full of strangers, listening to the consoling hum of the news in the background of a surgery waiting room in rural Australia. Small talk radiated like warmth throughout the room due to the close-knit nature…

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Opinions

South Asian pride

Some Pakistanis – at least in London, where I am – like to pretend that they have Arab heritage. This is a fact that I’ve never really questioned, until recent years when I became more curious, confident and knowledgeable about…

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Experiences

Shabnam from EastEnders

‘Just an orange juice please’, I said as I fumbled around in my purse for £2.85 to pay the bartender, which quite frankly was ridiculous. I could’ve bought an entire carton of orange juice for £2.00. I was at the…

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Inspirations

Begum Rokeya (1880-1932)

‘I have been crying for the lowliest creature in India for the last twenty years. Do you know who the lowliest creature in India is? It is the Indian woman’ – Begum Rokeya Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was a pioneering…

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Opinions

Standing together for FGM survivors

Leyla Hussein has been at the forefront of the campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and to ensure support for women and girls affected by it for over 15 years. Her ground-breaking work to provide specialist counselling support for…

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