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Interviews with known and unknown women of Muslim heritage, and reviews of events, films, popular culture and the media.
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Unstitching extremism

Mossarat Qadeem and the Tolana Mothers have convinced a dozen women to stop stitching suicide jackets for extremist groups In the Spring of 2017, in a small village close to a progressive district which houses one of Pakistan’s biggest universities,…

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Anima State: Pakistan in film

I went along to a screening of Anima State a couple of weeks ago as part of the London Short Film Festival, having recently established The Mehfil, an arts organisation promoting contemporary Pakistani culture. The film is a jarring and arresting portrayal of…

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Hidden Hearts

The number of people in England and Wales living with or married to someone from another ethnic group jumped by 35 per cent to 2.3 million between 2001 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics in 2014. In…

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“Just get out there and do it!”

Samera Ashraf has overcome many personal obstacles to obtain a blue belt in karate and kickboxing. We asked her to explain how she challenges negative attitudes to women’s sport in Britain’s Asian communities, and why she’s passionate about creating a cultural…

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After ISIS

As a child, Taban Shoresh was a refugee from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, due to her family’s flight from Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. After the collapse of his regime and the rise and fall of the Islamic State, Taban decided…

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ARTconnects

Empowering women and communities  ‘We live in times where people are wary: wary of migrants … There is a Brexit backlash because people are scared for their jobs,’ said Valentine Besry, taking part in an ARTconnects workshop in South Yardley…

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Raising LGBTQ voices

A dispatch from the International Documentary Film Festival Me gusta el mar y la mujer cuando llora/Las golondrinas y las malas señoras/Saltar balcones y abrir las ventanas/Y las muchachas en abril. ‘I like the sea and the women when they…

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Female Lust: Love, joy and art

Roisin O’Laughlin grew up in the west of Ireland and came to London to train as an actress at RADA in 2008. After finding herself frustrated with the silencing of Arab female voices across history, she launched her exhibition ‘Radical…

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Review: The Story of Noon

The Egyptian Revolution in 2011 was so highly documented by demonstrators that the line between art and political activism felt arbitrary. From phone-shot clips to short films such as ‘The Egyptian Revolution’ by Abdullah Sharkas, the camera has been used…

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“God cannot be God if God is unjust”

Through scholarship and activism, Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family, is challenging the patriarchal monopoly on the interpretation of the sacred texts of Islam to claim back the Qur’anic values of justice, fairness and…

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What will people say

Interview with Iram Haq Norwegian/Pakistani director, actor and screenwriter Iram Haq’s latest film What Will People Say explores the topics of ‘honour’-based violence and intergenerational conflicts in a Pakistani family. Iram describes herself as having a passion for art, storytelling and…

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Feminism, joy, humanity.. and Donald Trump.

Interview with Alya al-Sultani Alya Al-Sultani is a vocalist and composer, whose diverse musical style and interests reflect her upbringing in an Iraqi family in Tottenham, London. We asked her several questions about her life and work. Moving to Tottenham…

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