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

For those of you who don’t know me (not that you should), my name is Sadia Hameed. I am an atheist and a self-declared anti-theist. Lying was a part of my everyday life. It was my safeguarding strategy. Lying to…

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Invisible roots

In between replaying my fondest memories and taking short naps on the plane back, I felt my stomach churn at the realisation that I will most probably never feel the same way again. ‘You’ll never be fully Iranian’ – this…

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A prison in the mirror

‘Are you ready to jump in the pool?’ asked the girl next door. It was a warm summer day in July: the sun was shining, the neighbour’s pool was finally inflated and filled with water. I answered with a grin,…

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Why are you a feminist?

‘You were pretty cool the last time we met. What’s happened to you now? Why are you wearing your feminism on your sleeve, like a label? Has the West caught up with you?’ I am a feminist. I always was…

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Half Parsi. Half Muslim. Full woman.

‘Name?’ I say my name, in full. ‘Date of birth?’ I say my date of birth, in full. ‘Religion?’ ‘Half Parsi, half Muslim,’ I say. In full. She looks up at me. I am standing in the classroom, as each…

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Still breathless

There are things about Islam that still take my breath away – not in a good way. I became an atheist at the age of 15. Truth be told, I was just bored. At 15, I couldn’t be bothered to…

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A band-aid nation

It was two years ago that we lost our children to hate. That heart-wrenching cold morning was not the first time: for we have lost thousands of our children to this same sick, hatred-filled mindset. We continue to lose our…

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Marriage and motherhood

A divine double moral code Since I was a child I hated the word marriage. All the married women around me looked miserable, including my grandmother, mother, aunts, cousins and others. Even when they smiled or laughed they looked sad….

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A gluten-free naan for my nihari

No more BYOB (Bring Your Own Bread) A year ago I went to eat at a Halal burger kiosk at a mall food court in Brea, California. My stomach was growling since I hadn’t eaten in a while and don’t…

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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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Coded by “honour”

In the Arab world, sex is a taboo subject. It isn’t even thinkable. Sex means marriage, and nothing else. Women must protect their hymens from breaking prior to marriage; otherwise they will live in shame. As Muslims, women and men…

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Me too: My secret pain

I’ve been uneasy lately. Frustrated by little things. Short tempered with myself and other random people. One evening last week, I had the rare opportunity to sit quietly by myself and I realized the onslaught of news regarding sexual assault and…

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Are women welcome at Paris Mosque?

I sat with my 14 year old daughter in the women’s prayer area of the Grand Mosque of Paris. Everything seemed different; but somehow yet the same. The issues that plagued me in the United States also plagued me in…

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