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sister-hood is a digital magazine, providing Muslim women with a platform to speak for themselves, rather than being spoken to, spoken for, or spoken about.
Interviews

“We can be Muslim and feminist!”

Zainah Anwar is the director of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She was also a founding member and former executive director of Sisters in Islam, a Malaysian non-governmental organization working on women’s rights…

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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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Videos

Fighting FGM in Senegal

Sister Fa is a rapper and activist on a mission to eradicate FGM from her native Senegal, where nearly a quarter of women aged 15 to 49 have fallen victim to this harmful practice. In this short film for Al…

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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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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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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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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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Interviews

“Our world needs plenty of healing”

An interview with Dr. Azza KaramDr. Azza Karam serves as the senior advisor on social and cultural development at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She is the first woman Secretary-General of Religions for Peace International and the lead facilitator…

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Inspirations

Tazeen Ahmad 1971-2019

You need courage to do vulnerability. But research shows the rewards are huge: compassion, self-respect, assertiveness, laughter, deeper connections, less isolation, oh, and inner peace – Tazeen Ahmad Farah Tazeen Ahmad was a journalist, presenter and writer, and one of…

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