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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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Stop judging unveiled women

Many Muslim women wear headscarves as part of their religious beliefs. This is known as a hijab. They may also wear loose fitting clothing when they are in public or in the presence of men who are not part of…

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“I had to eat with the dogs”

Historically, Afghan women have endured a sustained system of male domination that has objectified and oppressed them. This oppression is deeply rooted in Afghan culture. It penetrates every aspect of the everyday lives of Afghan women. One of the most…

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CTRL-ALT-RT-DEL

How to force quit a predatory ideology Waking up to images of people with torches gathered in Charlottesville, chanting and ranting nonsense, maliciously organized with the intent to offend, upset and disgrace an entire nation was disgusting. Yet another circus…

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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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