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

For as long as I can remember the darkness of my skin has always been pointed out. Never as a positive thing; more as a disadvantage and an error. I am brown-skinned, have jet-black hair and deep brown eyes. I…

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Let them eat cake

He and I met for coffee at my (then) favourite coffee shop. It was a lovely, still warm autumn afternoon of caffeine and conversation. I had been over the moon to see him. Over coffee, he said ‘I have a…

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What’s in a name?

‘Typecast as a Terrorist’ is a poignantly penned essay on what it means to be brown and/or Muslim in the post-9/11 world. Whether it’s regarding farcical stops at the airport, or being typecast and stereotyped, actor Riz Ahmed writes a…

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To be an immigrant is still to be human

Being an immigrant has at times been scary, largely because being different can be scary. To be an immigrant is to be foreign, and to be foreign is to be different. One Akkadian word for “foreign” is nakrum, the same adjective used to mean “strange” and even…

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Refugee realities

It is not easy to navigate through the news media without hearing the word refugees. With the war in Syria and the ongoing refugee crisis, the newly elected U.S. president Donald Trump plans to suspend the admission of refugees as…

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A single Muslim woman online

Marriage is the final frontier for me. Those around me like to say ‘it just hasn’t happened for you,’ but the truth is I spent my twenties running from it. I have seen the double standards that are involved in…

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Growing up in fear of men

My body was different from the other girls’. I knew that from a very young age. My mom hid my shape in baggy sweaters and jeans. A thirteen-year-old who looked like a seventeen-year-old was terrifying for my conservative Pakistani parents….

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Do something about it

Your fate is controlled – from the time of your birth onwards: by the place you were born, by the career path you take, and by a tiny little notebook that is meant to identify your place on this globe……

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I owe her everything

I am looking at her. She is reading silently; her lips are moving over the words slowly. She has no flow, so there are many breaks. The words are cutting her. She isn’t accustomed to the sharp corners of the…

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All the single Asian/Arab guys

Dear Single Asian/Arab Guys (especially those over 30), I have been matchmaking for the past three years to help diminish the ever increasing number of 30-something year old singletons. I do this on a voluntary basis in the little spare…

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Surviving FGM

I am a survivor of FGM. There, I said it. Yes, a survivor. Only recently have I come to accept that survivor is not too big of a word in regards to the experience I have had to endure. FGM…

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Ticking the four boxes

A few years back, there was an on-and-off weddings season in my family, over the span of a year and a half. My little cousins, especially the girls, were very excited. After attending the fourth and final wedding of the…

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Why I rejected religion

My parents were never that religious. I remember my father criticizing the Saudis, who naturally many Muslims gravitate towards, since most of Islam’s holiest sites happen to be located in that vicinity. Some Pakistanis even like the Saudi version of…

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Kaka Ibrahim

It was early November; a cold and rainy day in Mazar-e-Sharif. The family was heading to the house of Kaka (Uncle) Ibrahim to celebrate the Eid. As we drove, the rain grew heavier and colder, while the mud on the…

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