sister-hood is an award-winning digital magazine spotlighting the diverse voices of women of Muslim heritage.

Have a child - or remain one

Khadija Gayibova 1893-1938

Welcome to sister-hood

Inspirations

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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Reviews

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…

Continue reading
Interviews

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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Inspirations

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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
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…

Continue reading
Experiences

The contradictory life of an ex-Muslim migrant

A good part of the population are saying goodbye to religion and choosing a life of rationality, reason and secularism in today’s world. From one religion in particular – Islam – young people are increasingly taking a completely different path from…

Continue reading
Experiences

Tell it or hide it?

‘If you don’t define yourself, someone else will.’ That is the tagline on Nadir Nahdi’s Youtube channel, Beni. It makes me think. A lot. It sounds really good: an anthem for the ethnically diverse millennial. But it makes me wonder…

Continue reading
Inspirations

Kurmanjan Datka 1811-1907

Kurmanjan Datka is regarded as the mother of the Kyrgyz peoples for her efforts to make peace with Russia and preserve the Kyrgyz identity. Kurmanjan was the daughter of Mamatnay, a nomadic Kyrgyz tribesman and stockbreeder from Mungush. She was…

Continue reading
Opinions

Symbolic power and moral panic in Pakistan

The Karol Ghati Jungle – Lahore-Sialkot Motorway Gang Rape On 9th September 2020, a mother was gang-raped in front of her children on Lahore-Sialkot Motorway Link Road in the area of Karol Ghati Jungle. The victim became known as the…

Continue reading
Reviews

This brave and beautiful work

The discrimination against women in Muslim family law is well-established: from instant unilateral talaq divorces to polygamy, several harmful practices are often found justified by reference to Islam. Power, as always, tilts towards men. More than 45 countries have discriminatory…

Continue reading