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The personal experiences of women living within Muslim families and societies.
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No regrets

I am now 87 years old. I have never understood regret. People ask me: ‘What are your regrets in life? I never know how to answer. I ask them, ‘What should I regret?’ Should I regret being born in an…

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Hair-raising

‘Ooh, you do have thick hair don’t you?’ the hairdresser said, as she ran a roller brush through a large lock of strands, twisting it outwards with a force that made my head jerk violently with it. ‘Yes it is…

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A dog’s life

One I’ve been helping a girl who has come out as an atheist to her family. Now her family back home want her back, but this girl is so strong and freedom means so much to her that she’d rather…

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Speaking to millions

Hi Hana… this is a long shot, but would you be interested in continuity announcing? I had a quick Google. The email was referring to people who talk on the telly. Or rather, the ones who introduce, and then talk…

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Teenage brides

Early marriage is harmful: physically and mentally. Girls are married under the ages of 16 and 18. At an age when they should be studying, they are doing dishes, washing clothes, scrubbing floors and caring for a husband, their children…

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Abuse is normal now

Refugee women in Europe ‘They checked our whole bodies. Everything. They took our clothes. All the men could see us in our underwear. The staff just told the men to turn their faces to the other side. All the women…

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Dating the enemy

The desperate story of a Muslim woman and a Trump-voter It was the first date of my life. I had spoken to him a few hours before on OK Cupid. I was 27, and carrying multiple rejections in the arranged…

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I cry in airplanes

Over the course of ten years and two relationships I have found myself crying in airplanes more often than what I assume to be the norm. As I write this, I am in fact on a domestic flight from Johannesburg…

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We need to talk about the Personal Status law

It’s an open secret among women activists in the Muslim world that we will never be truly independent and liberated until the personal status laws in Muslim countries are drastically revised, reformed – or, better yet, debunked. These laws starkly…

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To my mosque

Dear Mosque, We’re living in an age where recent campaigns have forced you to become accountable for  your facilities and treatment of women. I appreciate that you’re trying; I know that you’re old and that change doesn’t come easy. However…

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A woman in slavery

Women are always sacrificed for their family’s dignity. Sometimes a woman is sacrificed to end conflict. Sometimes a woman is killed to restore her family’s social position. And sometimes a woman is restricted to her family’s home after marriage. Moothra…

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Religion and hate

Anti-Muslim sentiments in America and Europe or ‘The West’ are not a new phenomenon, nor specific to the 21st Century. Fear of and hatred towards the ‘other’ have gone together throughout history, ever since human beings discovered or created the…

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Jamilah and the Hammam

I flew to Morocco while studying Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. Moroccan feminist, Fatima Mernissi, described Morocco as ‘a beautiful place. It’s incredibly beautiful. And also it is a captivating place because for a…

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To my future daughter

Dear daughter, We have not yet met – you have not even been conceived – but I still wish to write this letter to you, so that from the moment you start your journey towards womanhood, you will know that…

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