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The personal experiences of women living within Muslim families and societies.
Experiences

My niece’s first word

On first words and first periods. First words are a lie. We don’t suddenly find words falling out of our mouths as infants. We don’t suddenly gain the ability to make sense. I learned that through spending six months with…

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Shame

‘Our lives have been ruined, we cannot show our face in polite society, your sister’s marriage prospects were ruined, and your brother has been forever lost. Why did you do this to us? All to have fun roaming around with…

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Can I wear this in Turkey?

I was born on the west coast of Turkey, in Izmir: one of the least conservative and most secular cities in Turkey. I was registered as a Muslim. That’s how it works in Turkey; as soon as you’re born, your…

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The hairy side of beauty

After spending some of my pre-teen years in Karachi, Pakistan, I learnt that beauty was simple: fair meant beautiful, hairy meant ugly.  This is an inconvenient truth, that can be corroborated by most South Asian and Middle-Eastern women. The goal…

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Purdah

Purdah means to seclude oneself from others, to wear enveloping clothing, to veil; it also means curtains. Burqa, niqab and hijab are all forms of the practice of Purdah. My interest in Purdah was activated after a powerful visual encounter…

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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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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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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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Pain is real. So is hope.

I grew up in a conservative Muslim Somali family. But they hadn’t always been like that. Previously, Somali people were freer, and women had more rights, although now, looking back, it is hard to imagine. When I was young, my…

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Banned colours: Istanbul Pride

Last week we enjoyed a whole week full of workshops, conferences and panels during the Pride Week in Istanbul. However, when it came to the closing Pride March , the most visible event, the government declared a ban just the…

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