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Inspirations

Shamima Shaikh 1960-1998

They claim that Islam gave women the right to equal education and civil and economic rights, but at the end of their analysis they come to the conclusion that a woman’s place is in her husband’s home and that she…

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Samira Bellil 1972-2004

‘Lots of girls, whom I knew at the time, and who, like me, had their childhoods wrecked by a rape and its aftermath  ̶  bad reps, total rejection and abandonment  ̶  “turned bad.”’ – Samira Bellil. Samira Bellil was a…

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Interviews

Far From Home

British actress Zoha Rahman has landed a part in Marvel’s summer blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far from Home making her the first hijabi character to feature in the Marvel Comic universe. In this exclusive interview we spoke to Zoha about her groundbreaking role and the importance of representation.  Congratulations on being cast…

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Reviews

Football and freedom

Review: Freedom Fields Naziha Arebi’s debut film ‘Freedom Fields’ is an intimate, five-year exploration of the lives of the women of Libya’s national football team. Brought up in the UK with a Libyan father, Arebi travelled to Tripoli for the…

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Inspirations

Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah (1921- 2000)

I had written strongly because a grave injustice had been perpetuated … All I could do was pray that my magazine would survive the ban. – Zeb-un-Nissa Hamidullah Journalist, poet, novelist and political commentator, Zeb-un-Nissa Hamiduallah was one of the…

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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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Inspirations

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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Interviews

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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