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Poetry

Under a lamplight

Sublime,Far out I have comeFrom the shattering of universeLeaving stars pelleted to stubborn grounds.Screeching like brakes, ready to dismantleTo be replaced.An unsettling scene unfurling, louder than a possessed stampedeGushing, the dam will soon break: no holding onI free fall, the…

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Opinions

Fetish Joe is no ally

People who fetishize ex-Muslims are not our allies. You may be wondering what I mean by ‘fetishize ex-Muslims’. I am drawing on some observations coming from a few ex-Muslims who are either vocal or involved in activism. Ex-Muslims – and…

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Interviews

“Women need to act collectively”

This is part two of our interview with Rana Dajani. Part one can be read here. Rana Dajani is a professor of molecular biology at the Hashemite University of Jordan. She is the founder of the charity We Love Reading…

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Inspirations

Mukhlisa Bubi 1869 – 1937

The most important thing for the happiness and preservation of our nation and the most necessary thing for strengthening our religion is educating our women and adorning them with knowledge  – Mukhlisa Bubi Mukhlisa Bubi was the first woman to…

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Poetry

I am the morning rose

I am the morning rose. At dawn, I stand erect. The breeze carries the scent of my dreams. My petals form a thousand smiles, the ones Hafez once wrote about. I will gently wither. I am patient. My petals will…

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Opinions

Understanding female terrorists

In recent years, Indonesia has seen an increase in female terrorism. The case I remember most was the story of Dian Yuli Novi, a former Indonesian migrant worker who had intended to perform a suicide bombing at the Presidential Palace…

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Interviews

Rana Dajani: Reading is a life-long activity!

Rana Dajani is a professor of molecular biology at the Hashemite University of Jordan. She is the founder of the charity We Love Reading which promotes reading for pleasure and reading aloud. Her book Five Scarves is part-biography and part-manifesto…

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Poetry

Song of sunflower

Didst thou think I am always happy? Because I am the colour of Summer, As I shine and glow, like virgin lover; Because I laugh when all pass by, As they forget about their meagre lives; Or maybe I remind…

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Opinions

Why is she scary?

‘Mummy, why is Scary Spice scary?’ The context: The Royal Wedding approaches. These are very exciting times for me, because I have heard that the Spice Girls may well be reunited for the ceremony in May. The Spice Girls were…

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Poetry

The Embrace

The sounds of nature surround me Birds tweeting in a myriad of sound The gusts of wind shake the trees with a might I can hear the howling rain as it crashes in sleets against the window panes Nature in…

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Opinions

Faux-feminism

A wave of feminism is sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa region. Part of this wave is created by anonymous feminists from their social media accounts. Celebrities are also riding the wave, enjoying being celebrated as feminist activists…

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Experiences

Soft powers

Soft powers is an exhibit that builds upon work and themes that I’ve been exploring for the past four years. These include coming of age, nostalgia, and the tensions of growing into adulthood within a diasporic community – relayed specifically…

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Poetry

Salaam from my desi house

Full of noise and chatter Smells of cooking Spices and pakora batter When I make the rotis It’s got to be round not square About twelve to make with five of us to share and care Hard work living in…

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