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Fundamentalism kills!

Hope, humanity and COVID-19

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Inspirations

Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim 1933-2017

In parliament, we demanded complete equality for working women. In 1969 women received the same rights when it came to earnings, pension and working conditions. In addition, we also demanded that women be appointed judges of the Islamic faith. And…

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Opinions

Corona-diary: Entry 3

It’s the uncertainty that makes this hard. If we knew we had a week, a month, or three and that then life would be back to normal, we’d be able to manage better. It would be like a mini-hiatus from…

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Opinions

COVID-19: Humanity on display

Silver linings to a virus-shaped cloud Yes, COVID-19 may be causing us fear, uncertainty, isolation, sickness and even fatalities, but I have also been absolutely overwhelmed by the simultaneous expressions of humanity, faith, care, and concern. I have been overwhelmed…

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Reviews

Girl with a Gun

Review Girl with a Gun begins with a startling vignette of Iranian life in the 1960s. A wedding in the Kurdistan region unfolds over the traditional three days of festivities: hands are painted with henna, women visit the public baths,…

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Poetry

Fair and Lovely

Every morning I unscrew the pink and white tube my grandmother stuffed inside my suitcase as I left her home in Delhi. Her words still ringing inside my ears, “don’t forget to use your Fair & Lovely! A girl of…

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Opinions

Corona-diary: Entry 2

Human Security is National Security: Opening the Pentagon’s coffers to defray the costs of this pandemic This will be a meandering post with a destination, I hope. It’s funny how despite all our powers, for good or bad, nature always…

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Opinions

Corona-diary: Entry 1

Dear friends, Back to diary time. I confess, the boredom is already seeping in and I’m used to working from home! But here are three thoughts and a tweet: 1. The governmental responses in the UK and US are indicative…

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Interviews

Najmun Nahar: All around the world

Known as the ‘Flag Girl’, Najmun Nahar is in the process of visiting every country in the world, taking the flag of her native Bangladesh with her. She’s won numerous awards, including one from feminist magazine Ananya in Bangladesh and…

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Inspirations

Safiye Sultan c. 1550-1619

Wife of Sultan Murad III and mother of Mehmed III, Safiye Sultan was a powerful and ambitious consort and zalide sultan (queen mother) within the Ottoman court, who lived through the reigns of seven sultans. Named Safiye for her blonde…

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Inspirations

Nur Jahan 1577-1645

If the rosebud is opened by the breeze in the garden The key to our heart’s lock is the beloved’s smile The heart of one held captive by beauty and coquetry Knows neither roses, nor colour, nor face, nor tresses…

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Opinions

And the award goes to …

The César Awards, known as the French Oscars, have been given out every year for half a century. This year, Roman Polanski’s movie J’Accuse was nominated in 12 categories and gained awards in three. This has created a massive controversy…

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Opinions

Sharia and “non-marriage” in the UK

Recently, a British court reversed a judgment made two years ago in which the high court ruled that a couple’s Islamic wedding could be legally dissolved. According to the new ruling, British law does not recognize religious weddings and therefore,…

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Inspirations

Maryam Mirzakhani 1977-2017

The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers – Maryam Mirzakhani Maryam Mirzakhani was an Iranian mathematician, and the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Fields Medal for her work in the field of mathematics. She…

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Reviews

Sex and lies in Morocco

Review of the book: Sex and Lies by Leila Slimani Leila Slimani, advisor to Emmanuel Macron and the first Moroccan woman to win France’s highest literary honour for fiction, first published Sex and Lies in French in 2017. It was…

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Poetry

Mariam

Named after the virgin mother never to know the breadth of a man’s touch the prodigious power of his presence inside, a baby born not of the Lord but by His will. They called her whore, Unchaste, a liar by…

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