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The personal experiences of women living within Muslim families and societies.
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Living between two worlds

A Muslim, yet not. Growing up, my faith always wavered. I never stayed true to being the conventional Muslim my Mother wanted me to be. She always had to force me to pray, always had to police my clothes, always…

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Miserably ever after

‘I stared at the divorce papers. This can’t be happening to me, I said to myself. I never believed I would live to see this day. It was so unbelievable I wanted to scream – with joy!’ remembers Saba,* with…

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On blood and shame

Where I come from, menstruation remains a topic too awkward or embarrassing to discuss in public or even in private. A topic that like the female body itself remains shrouded in secrecy. And stigma. And shame. So much stigma surrounds…

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In Memoriam

I am writing this article on Syria from a comfortable brownstone in snow-covered Brooklyn. This historic house has clean drinking water, electricity and central heating. More importantly, none of these things ever run dry, shut off or malfunction. As I…

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Giving up smoking

I was so obsessed with smoking that I got this silly shirt custom made to pay homage to cigarettes. I used to smoke cigarettes. I had my first one at sixteen years of age, in a park with my Yugoslavian…

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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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