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Inspirations

Mah Laqa Bai 1768-1824

Cups of crimson wine are circling in rounds of dance If the beloved is glimpsed this party abounds in dance God has made this believed peerless in my view Everything before my eyes resounds in dance – Ma Laqa Bai…

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Reviews

A virtue of disobedience

Review of A Virtue Of Disobedience by Asim Qureshi We are the disobedient and we have come not to claim what is yours but what is and was always ours: our humanity. But no – not claim for it was…

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Inspirations

Roxelana c. 1503-1558

This week there has occurred in this city a most extraordinary event, one absolutely unprecedented in the history of the Sultans. The Grand Signior Suleiman has taken himself as his Empress a slave woman from Russia. There is great talk…

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Fiction

Destiny

Her trembling hand reached for the telephone receiver. She called her daughter’s number. She was shaken – her heart was beating fast, her hands were cold, her wrinkled face seemed to have grown more wrinkles in just a few hours….

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Inspirations

Raziya Sultan 1205-1240

With a royal blow, she tore away the veil; She showed her face’s sun from behind the screen. The lioness showed so much force that brave men bent low before her. — Amir Khusrau Raziya Sultan was the Sultan of…

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Opinions

It’s not what we wear

The world has recently celebrated the annual campaign, 16 days of action against gender based violence: an act of solidarity aimed at the massive social problem of domestic violence and gender stereotypes. Meanwhile, a Chilean protest song about rape culture…

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Experiences

My hijab story

I am 38 years old and a proud Ex-Muslim. It has been over 15 years since I unapologetically stopped wearing the hijab. Before that, I had fought battles with it, and against it. This story is about the enforcement of…

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Inspirations

Zaynab Fawwaz (d. 1914)

There is no community in which the rays of civilisation have shone forth – in whatever era this may be – where women did not have the greater hand and the greater due, as is perfectly obvious to anyone who…

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Opinions

UK Elections: Vote tactically in 2019

This election will determine the future of the country for decades to come. Our rights, living standards, and the economy will be determined by who comes to power on 13th December – if only via their Brexit policy. Brexit is…

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Inspirations

Nabawiyya Musa 1890-1951

Men claim they have superior intelligence, saying there have been more men of genius than women. They forget that only when people use their gifts do they develop. That is why poor men who have spent their lives as cooks…

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Reviews

Guest House for Young Widows

Review of Among the Women of ISIS by Azadeh Moaveni Guest House for Young Widows follows the trajectories of 13 women into – and in some cases, out of – the Islamic State. In this book, these women emerge, vulnerable…

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