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Amir Khan’s low blows

Amir Khan’s Twitter announcement that his marriage was over was shocking enough. But then he followed it up with a series of ever more bizarre, disturbing and downright scandalous tweets in which he accused his now estranged wife, Faryal Makhdoom,…

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No shame in bleeding

Menstruation remains a sensitive topic to bring up in most of the Middle Eastern and North African region. Although it is one of the changes that a woman goes through when she reaches puberty, it is still a delicate subject…

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Parallel universes collide

‘Seven earths: In every earth is a prophet like your Prophet, an Adam like your Adam, a Noah like your Noah, an Abraham like your Abraham and a Jesus like your Jesus.’  These words of Ibn Abbas, early scholar of…

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Not Muslim enough

I get frustrated when I read narratives about Muslim women. I also get confused because these narratives often lack the voices of women who were raised in Muslim communities outside the Middle East. It may sound petty, but I barely…

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My mother’s prison

I am fortunate to live between two worlds and two cultures (Arabic-Muslim and European), which allows me to take a third position between them, giving me perspective into both cultures and the ability to define myself and my choices. Arabic-Muslim…

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Uncovering Saudi Arabia

If you ask anyone in Saudi Arabia, they will tell you that society is different than it was a few years ago. Don’t get me wrong. Not everyone is progressive. Progressives aren’t even the majority, but small changes are a…

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The news- in black and blue

I sat with a room full of strangers, listening to the consoling hum of the news in the background of a surgery waiting room in rural Australia. Small talk radiated like warmth throughout the room due to the close-knit nature…

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South Asian pride

Some Pakistanis – at least in London, where I am – like to pretend that they have Arab heritage. This is a fact that I’ve never really questioned, until recent years when I became more curious, confident and knowledgeable about…

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Standing together for FGM survivors

Leyla Hussein has been at the forefront of the campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and to ensure support for women and girls affected by it for over 15 years. Her ground-breaking work to provide specialist counselling support for…

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The nature of dissent

The extremist’s beard is like kindling — it takes very little to burn a nation. In Pakistan, there are thousands of extremists — enough kindling to store for winter. In such times, there is a refrain, sung in the echo chambers of rhetorical questions — what…

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Outlawed pregnancy

The consequences of pregnancy outside marriage for Egyptian women Women in Egypt are not usually expected to have sexual relations outside official marriages. This makes it hard for issues around extramarital sexual relations to be publicly addressed. Even more so,…

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A dual me

“The greatest tragedy in mankind’s entire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.” – Arthur C. Clarke In the place where I come from, religion, ethics, social and behavioural standards are already pre-determined, and you have absolutely no…

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Women: An item on the menu

I truly admire Elizabeth Warren for showing the importance of politically active women. Politics is an important mechanism to empower women: a tool to change their lives, especially in Turkey. We need more women in politics to initiate change, regardless…

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No apologies

This is my letter to you. Not you, the Islamist, who wants me silent or dead whilst dreaming of your vile caliphate, nor you, the racist, who wants my Muslim and migrant family out whilst dreaming of your contemptible white,…

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