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Decolonising the canon

A recent article in The Guardian explored what a truly diverse reading list would look like, with input from black and minority ethnic (BAME) authors such as Hanif Kureishi, Arundhati Roy, Kamila Shamsie and others. The article, and reflection on…

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You must survive

Amongst all of God’s creations, people consider rocks, mountains and glaciers to be the strongest. When referring to something sturdy, we describe it as being ‘as solid as rock’. Yet, a weird strength lies underneath the soft skin of a…

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A letter to young feminists

I was asked to write a letter to younger generations of feminists and to give them my advice. I hate to give advice. I think nobody can ‘advise’ anybody else. We learn from our own experiences in our own lives….

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Can I celebrate Christmas?

I think it’s pretty safe to say at this stage that hatred of Muslims is brewing into something that can no longer be halted – and it is going to get worse before it gets better. These days, Muslims get…

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The forgotten Saudi women

King Salman’s historic decree to lift the ban on women driving is indeed a quantum leap towards the expansion of women’s rights within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The King’s bold move is commendable, enacting one of the basic rights…

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Undercover Muslim

Brown contact lenses, a prosthetic ‘Asian’ looking nose, complexion darkening makeup, a hijab and some Arabic words. Five things you need to complete your Muslim Woman Halloween Costume. I am not kidding. According to a new documentary, soon to be…

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Hijab as a saviour

The official Twitter account of Dar al-Ifta’, the formal centre issuing Islamic fatwa (religious rulings) in Egypt, has blocked two liberal women ‘tweeps’ before a hijab fatwa. These two women are Dr. Alyaa Gad and the poet Marwa Ma’moon, who…

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Women in Daesh: more than ‘jihadi brides’?

The gendered dynamic within Islamist organisations has been overlooked, making it hard to explain the unprecedented rise of western women joining Daesh (the so-called Islamic State) in Iraq and Syria. Women are integral to the longevity of such organisations and…

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Hijab: Empowering or oppressive?

Aisha Ali-Khan has caused controversy by suggesting that hijabs should be banned in primary schools. In this article, she responds to some of her critics’ questions. Do you want to ban the hijab? No, absolutely not. I believe that everyone…

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Day 235 in the age of Trump

Day 235 in the Age of T: The new #MuslimBan3 puts new restrictions on many of us – for Iranians it means no family members can get visas to visit their US based relatives. No grannies or grampas, no cousins or aunties…

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Angel: Review

Dear white male playwright: Middle Eastern women are not your playthings. Henry Naylor’s ‘Angel’ is a one woman show based on the life of Rehana – the legendary Kurdish law student and alleged killer of 100 Isis soldiers. Her photo…

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Refugees and the media in Lebanon

A poisonous attitude has emerged among the media reporting on the refugee crisis in Lebanon, says Sawssan Abou-Zahr. Bias and racism are being used to blame domestic problems on those fleeing war – and distracting from the real issues. “They…

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A deadly taboo

One in three women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. This means that two of my sisters, three of my closest friends, four girls in my psychology class, and more women than I can count have been, or…

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