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Inspirations

Wallada bint al-Mustakfi 1001-1091

By Allah, I’m made for higher goals and I walk with grace and style – Wallada bint al-Mustakfi Wallada Bint al-Mustakfi was one of the most influential female poets of the medieval period. She was the daughter of the Umayyad…

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Interviews

What if it were you?

Elizabeth Arif-Fear is the founder of Voice of Salam, an international human rights and interfaith platform. She’s recently published a collection of poetry drawing attention to human rights issues. sister-hood asked her about her activism, her poetry and what drives…

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A whole new life

Interview with Deeyah Khan We spoke to sister-hood’s founder, Deeyah Khan, after an eventful year filled with personal and professional triumphs. Last year you won several awards for your film White Right: Meeting the Enemy, including an Emmy. What is…

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Zaha Hadid 1950- 2016

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect known for her deconstructive, avant-garde approach to design. Born into a cosmopolitan milieu in Baghdad, Zaha was intrigued by architecture from an early age. Her father was an industrialist and politician in post-Mandate…

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Hamideh Khanum Javanshir 1873-1955

It was the year 1905; the powerful waves of the revolution had started. In the summer in Shusha, Armenians and Moslems clashed and unrest was everywhere and the roads were dangerous. I was living in the village of Kahrizli, which…

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IWD 2019: Still fighting

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we at sister-hood can look back upon ground-breaking achievements by women of Muslim heritage since last year’s celebration. In politics, for instance, we have seen the election of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the…

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Interview with Mariam Khan

An interview with Mariam Khan, the editor of ‘It’s Not About the Burqa’, an anthology of non-fiction writing by women of Muslim heritage. Congratulations on publishing your anthology of writing by women of Muslim heritage. What triggered you to start…

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Atiya Fyzee 1877-1967

27 September 1907: The sea has reached its end; the shore of Bombay is here. We stepped on land, boarded a carriage and came to our house. Ah, I reached my homeland safely. I saw the dear faces of my…

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Sitt al-Mulk 970-1023

Sitt al-Mulk (Lady of the Empire) was the daughter of the fifth Fatimid caliph Nizar al-Aziz Billah and a Christian mother with Byzantine heritage. Al-Aziz’s tolerance for diversity extended beyond his private life: despite criticisms, under his rule non-Muslims were…

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Sakine Cansiz 1958 – 2013

I found life beautiful, even under shabby, routine and inadequate conditions. The revolutionary struggle made me happy and gave me life. I had self-confidence, feeling neither helplessness nor pessimism. My whole life was a struggle at every moment. This knowledge…

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Videos

My Afghan diary

Arzu Qaderi is an Afghan-born German filmmaker and presenter. In 2017, she travelled to Afghanistan for the first time to film for My Afghan Diary, a documentary film of interviews with inspiring, successful Afghan women with the determination to achieve…

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Fahmida Riaz 1946-2018

What feminism means for me is simply that women, like men, are complete human beings with limitless possibilities – Fahmida Riaz   Writer, novelist, translator, activist and ‘poet of resistance’, Fahmida Riaz wrote over a 15 books of prose and…

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Banaz: A love story

Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her own family in an ‘honour’ killing. Deeyah Khan’s debut documentary film tells Banaz’s story for the first time – as well as the story of the extraordinary police team who refused to give up, and…

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