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The two faces of Jeddah

This is an excerpt from Sahera Patel’s book Unveiling Arabia, available through Amazon. Every evening I would make my way to the balcony half an hour before the sun was about to set and absorb the beauty of the moment. …

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Women on the move

In a world riven by war, conflict and environmental stresses, and in the face of increasing nationalism, mobility has increased, but it has also come under severe restrictions; from Trump’s travel ban, to increasing difficulties in finding asylum in Western…

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Women un/veiling

To say the least, the veil is a complex symbol that impacts upon the lives of all women of Muslim heritage. Whether they choose to wear it or not, our writers agree on the importance of hijab as an individual…

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Women in 2017

sister-hood writers have been covering several aspects of their experiences over the year. 2017 proved to be an unusually eventful year. Here are half a dozen posts that chronicle some of it’s events. At the beginning of the year, Egypt…

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New year- new goals

We asked our sister-hood writers to tell us their New Year’s resolutions for 2018. Here are some of their responses:     Emma Al-munshi The New Year brings with it unexpected experiences, new lessons and important moments of reflection. 2017…

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Women and men

Attitudes to female sexuality and romantic relationships in the Muslim world are often restrictive; women are expected to respect patriarchal and heteronormative codes that limit sexual expression to ‘legitimate’ marriage. Yet sexuality is not so easily restrained and women of…

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Women walking away from Islam

sister-hood has always taken a broad view of what it means to be a Muslim. In an environment where there have been increasing demands upon women to accept restrictions in the name of Islam, and where religious understandings have faced…

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Women in/between worlds

With many women and girls growing up in countries and cultures very different from those of their parents, there can be a sense of sense of falling between different cultures: the separate worlds that can be vastly different between home…

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Women confronting extremism

Since 9/11, the public image of Islam has been inextricably associated with extremism, and has formed the centre of hostile attitudes towards Muslims. Meanwhile, many Muslim women find themselves targets of vicious Islamophobia, as well as conflicts around the roles…

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sister-hood condemns Trump’s travel ban

The sister-hood team are appalled by US President Donald Trump’s cruel, ill-conceived and discriminatory executive order which bars Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspends the nation’s refugee programme and halts arrivals of citizens from seven nations—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and…

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sister-hood milestones in 2016

sister-hood was launched in May this year to create a space where women of Muslim heritage could share their experiences and opinions in order to disrupt dominant narratives and stereotypes surrounding them. As we reach the end of 2016, we…

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