sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

Author

Kenza Saadi

Kenza Saadi holds a BA from Cornell University and a PhD from Columbia University. Among other activities, she worked in the humanitarian field in war zones. Mother of a nine year old, she now lectures on ethics and publishes poetry.
Poetry

We are free

We are free. We are free to do harm or not. We are free to lie or tell the truth, to say hurtful words or remain silent. We are free to steal or not, to kill or not, to respect…

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Opinions

Beauty will save the world

‘Beauty will save the world’, declared Prince Myshkin, more than 150 years ago. And they called him an idiot!* Is this really true? Beauty – is that the answer to all the barbarities that surround us? These days, beauty, the…

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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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Poetry

A memory of Ethiopia

She stood at the entrance of the garden. She was tall, very slim, her skin of dark amber. She delicately wrapped her long cloth around her, the sound of chimes giving away the presence of a few silver bangles. She…

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Opinions

A shackled piece of humanity

I do not know if any of you share my feelings, but I find no serenity when I read about issues related to the Muslim world. Aside from some poetry, most of the ideas and arguments presented seem to stir…

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Fiction

Fatima

She managed to escape in the very early morning. She walked the 50 kilometres that separated the house she had been living in for the past seven years and her parents’ home. When she arrived, she saw her brothers and…

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Poetry

She longs for silence

She shivers as more noise assails her, like blood splattering on a dirty wall. Moans and the sharp hiss of bullets. A large tank shakes the fragile walls. Did you know that the birds have stopped singing? In fact, most…

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Opinions

Talk to your children about refugees

Yes. Talk to them. But before, please, read about them, inform yourself through different media outlets and primary sources. Then talk.   Talk about history Explain. Go in depth, depending on the questions and the age of your children, or…

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Poetry

Why should I hurt?

Why should I hurt? Why? When I treat even stones with kindness. I do not want to cover my ears nor cry tears of sadness. I do not want to dive into my thoughts nor speak words of harm. I…

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Fiction

Jamila

Her name is Jamila. It means beautiful in Arabic. She liked to walk along the boardwalk overlooking the sea. It had been her birthday on that day, three years ago. She was turning 17 years old, and Ibrahim had promised…

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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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Experiences

Sharing from Mexico

It may seem odd to some of you that words from Mexico may be relevant to this publication; and yet, they are. I am a Mexican national, originally from Morocco. I have worked in many war torn places across the…

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Poetry

Like Farrokhzad

Like Farrokhzad I ask you to bring a lamp and a window when you come.   Please do not forget them.   I am here sitting in the dark repeating the same thoughts in my head over and over again….

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Opinions

Battling hordes

It is 2017, but it might as well be 1827 or the VIIth century BCE for that matter. Visions of the Middle East and Muslims in general have changed little… We are still the battling hordes, using women as slaves…

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Opinions

Looking for wisdom

Wisdom the forgotten element as the world commiserates for itself. What is wisdom? Where is it? It is in me. It is in you. Wisdom is simple, just like beauty. Defining it may be a tad complicated, and may need…

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