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The personal experiences of women living within Muslim families and societies.
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Feminism. Islam. Antisemitism.

Despite the current emergence of an activist feminist movement, formed in response to the election of Donald Trump, there seems to be a strange rift being created between women. We are at each other’s throats, and struggle to find common…

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No segregation in education

Pashtun culture insists upon a strict gender regime, separating women from men. Women are not permitted to compete with men, or even to speak with them. When women have to go out of their homes, for instance to the market,…

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A childhood in a cult

Although the common perception is that Saudi Arabia is religiously homogenous, it is actually diverse in its religiosity and religious practices, despite the state’s efforts to present a unified image of its Sunni Muslim identity. The existence of a Shi’a…

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Like a queen

A woman in my neighbourhood told me about a horrifying event that shocked me; an event that happened to her cousin Rabia. Rabia’s parents’ financial conditions were not good. They earned little: it was insufficient for a comfortable life, but…

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Married to a porn addict

He told me it was ‘the lesser of two evils. At least I’m not sleeping around with other women or chasing a second wife.’ I agreed. I knew at the point of marriage that my husband watched pornography. I didn’t…

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Paradigm shifts

Give me someone with an air of authority – until recently a turban, beads, and grey hair would have done the job – and I am all ears for my lessons. Unfortunately, this has mostly led to disappointment. A case…

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Twelve years old, seeking asylum

Due to the current high-profile case of the 18-year-old Ex-Muslim woman escaping Saudi Arabia, discussion about female atheists from the Islamic world is becoming more mainstream. Rahaf al Qunun has managed to galvanise social media and the mainstream press in…

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I didn’t realise it was abuse

My counsellor let her glasses fall slightly down her nose so I could see directly into her eyes. ‘Do you think this is emotional abuse?’ she asked softly, curiously. I’d told her about my latest row with Dave*. I chuckled…

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“I wasted my life in prison”

AMMAN – Shrouq was in her late 20s when her brothers had attempted to kill her for reasons related to family honour. She had tried to shield her sister from their axes and knives. Shrouq, now in her mid-50s, recalls…

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Killed by the community

At the tender age of 14, I, like thousands of other young women, died. Our lives were brutally cut short. Now, we are languishing in the bowels of hell. Our post-mortems reveal that our community was complicit in our deaths:…

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Violence against women: Three stories

Three real-life incidents, which I was a direct witness to, have contributed to shaping my perception of violence against women. One At the age of twelve, I woke up one morning to the news of the killing of my 14-year-old…

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Unwrapped

I grew up in the Middle East and have lived here all my life. I’m not sure if I can truly call myself a Muslim. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t question the concept of free will, women’s…

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To my husband

“Fifty thousand years before the sky was introduced to the sea, Allah wrote down your name next to me.”   To my husband, Fawad, I write these words with an intense earnestness to express my unconditional and utmost gratitude for…

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Escaping an abusive father

I am revisiting stories from my archives that have left a mark. The story of Baraa Melhem shocked Palestinians in the West Bank and revealed how vulnerable and inadequate social services were; not only to monitor and prevent such incidents,…

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Reconnecting with faith

“I will always be awed by women who are strong enough to walk down the damn street. I’m here because of all of you.” – Gabby Rivera, Juliet Takes a Breath I started wearing a headscarf when I was 13…

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