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Interviews

Towards a sustainable peace in Afghanistan

Interview: Heela Yoon Heela Yoon is the founder of Afghan Youth Ambassadors for Peace, an organisation for young Afghan women peacebuilders. What drew you into peace work? I grew up in Afghanistan where there is constant war and conflict. Most…

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Inspirations

Nawal el Saadawi 1931-2021

The oppression of women is historical. We have to liberate women economically, socially, psychologically, physically, religiously. – Nawal el Saadawi Nawal el Saadawi was one of the foremost, and most controversial, feminists in the Arab world, whose fierce and uncompromising…

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Experiences

The predator and the police

I still remember the day like it was yesterday. My mother had been diagnosed with late stage cancer. I was feeling utterly disillusioned with the world. I asked my husband to drive us to an isolated beach, somewhere far away…

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Opinions

Have a child – or remain one

Childlessness in Muslim societies In a book explaining Islam to children and teenagers it stated that it is the duty of Muslim women to be mothers. I was surprised that the author, a non-Muslim, had grasped what few of us…

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Inspirations

Khadija Gayibova 1893-1938

‘I’m an artist. My musical world is in mourning…Even if they send me into exile, I won’t be destroyed. I’ll set up a music club and dance, sing and play.’ – Khadija Gayibova Khadija Gayibova was a the first professional…

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Latifa Zayyat 1923-1996

The woman at the beginning of her second marriage was a different woman from the one she was at the end of it, and during both these phases, she was different from the woman who entered the City Prison in…

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Reviews

Smoke from my soul

Kurdish Women’s Stories is a collection of 25 short essays from Kurdish women, writing from their homelands in Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Iran as well as from the massive Kurdish diaspora. Too often, the popular conception of Kurdish women is drawn…

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Lost and found

Women Leaving Islam follows six young women’s trajectories out of the faith of their parents. Despite often highly traumatic stories, these young women are composed and articulate, and despite facing pushback for leaving Islam, from ostracisation to violence, they all…

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Get up, go out and get it done!

Interview with Jamsheda Young You’re the first Muslim woman to be appointed to BBC World News’ team as an Assistant Editor. Can you describe your career progression to this point? It’s been hard work and nothing has progressed in a…

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Inspirations

Fatima Sheikh fl. 1850s

Indian educationalist Fatima Sheikh is known for her commitment to universal education in India, as shown through her collaboration with the social reformers Savitribai Phule and Jyotirao Phule in teaching women and lower-caste children. The Phule couple were major social…

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Aziza Amir 1901-1952

I gave birth to her daughter and her name was Egyptian Cinema – Aziza Amir Aziza Amir was a pioneer of Egyptian cinema, creating and starring in a series of motion pictures, often melodramas. She was born in Alexandria, as…

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Opinions

A year of pressure on hijabis

2020 was full of surprises. The severity of the stress we experienced mounted through the year. From the beginning, we witnessed tragic and unsettling events worldwide. The constant pressure has affected everyone on many levels. The level of uncertainty is…

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Opinions

The freedom to offend

The term ‘Islamophobia’ was coined to define anti-Muslim bigotry but in reality, the usage of this term has degraded it to a tool to censor unwanted and opposing views. A recent Twitter row between two prominent British writers, Ash Sarkar…

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Experiences

I want to check into a convent

I used to feel a little anxious around women I felt were too covered up. I can see it again with my kids, either when they walk past the nuns in the convent close to home, or in the women’s…

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Experiences

Coping with the contradiction

You struggle, as an ex-Muslim migrant. The anti-migrant lot don’t want migrants. The pro-migrant don’t want ex-Muslims. You are left to yourself, so you have to work – and hard. Proving yourself The people who are impressed enough to call…

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