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Poetry

The revered female

Female Muslims, supressed they say. Thoughts and voices kept at bay. Born to breed, must take heed. Brains in chains, Master reigns. Wives and mothers, fit for purpose. Conceal their strength, limit their wealth. Faith constrains, potential wanes. Feminism jailed,…

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Experiences

Memories of wars

The other day I sent a message to my mum on WhatsApp: ‘Mum, were we in Iraq during the Iraq-Kuwait war?’ She answered right away: ‘yes’. I paused. I thought of how crazy it is that I can lose track…

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Experiences

Bilingualism is a privilege

‘You can’t understand Punjabi?!’ Rishma* said, mouth open in a grin stuck on pause that evolved into rolling laughter of disbelief. ‘No,’ I smiled, clenching my fists to prevent them from instinctively floating up and punching her in the jaw….

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Opinions

Where are the black Muslimas?

I am Muslim and black. These two words are very loaded. They are brimming with histories and experiences, pride and struggle. I have grown up as a Muslim in the 21st century being very aware that there is a discernibly…

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Inspirations

Fatema Mernissi 1940-2015

If women’s rights are a problem for some modern Muslim men, it is neither because of the Quran or the Prophet, nor the Islamic tradition, but simply because those rights conflict with the interests of a male elite… Islam was…

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Experiences

Reports and regeneration

Sometime in late 2011, we sat in the office of a government official in Jordan, discussing plans to support small enterprises in a town in the south. I still remember my elevated heart-rate when I was told that the government…

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Opinions

Getting women into work

There is a paradox in Jordan. No doubt it is just one amongst many, but this one imposes a heavy tax on the country’s already burdened economy. Despite their successes in education, many Jordanian women are unable to enter and…

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Experiences

Beware of the buffalo gals in us

I am 42 years old. I am a middle-class Pakistani woman of Pashtun, Punjabi and Sindhi origin, born and raised in the Persian Gulf. Since I was a little girl my gender presentation has confused people, especially men. With my…

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Interviews

Mobina Jaffer: Peace hero

When she was 23 years old, Mobina Jaffer was forced into exile from Uganda. Decades later she returned to her first home, as a senator of her second home, Canada. Since 2001 Mobina Jaffer has represented the province of British…

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Poetry

They wanted us to forget her

They disappear the girls, But it’s the men who blur, for me.   Whose father, did what, when, With whose aid, why – I care less   About them. And only about you. You remain. You and your name  …

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Opinions

Higher vibrations

What is nourishing for our physical body is nourishing for our spirit and nourishing for our mind. It is very simple. Nourishment is the only act of self-love. Self-love is the only fuel for a compassionate life. Commit to small steps that you can take…

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Experiences

Swara sacrifice

Swara is the practice of giving your daughter or other female relative in marriage to an enemy in order to make peace and end feuds within and between families. It’s a historic part of Pashtun culture. Parveen‘s marriage took place…

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Experiences

My father made me a feminist

My father probably doesn’t know what the word feminism means. He has possibly never heard of it. My father is a Pakistani man who grew up in the 70s. His school had no tables or chairs, so students would sit…

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Interviews

Winning the coconut

Interview with Guleraana Mir Guleraana Mir’s first full-length play Shooting Star was long listed by the BBC as part of SCRIPTROOM 8. Her latest, Coconut will be at Ovalhouse from 11-28th April 2018, followed by a regional tour. Your play…

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Fiction

Fatima

She managed to escape in the very early morning. She walked the 50 kilometres that separated the house she had been living in for the past seven years and her parents’ home. When she arrived, she saw her brothers and…

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