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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.
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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Inspirations

Baya Mahieddine 1931-1998

When I paint, I am in another world. I forget everything. My painting is not the reflection of the exterior world, but of my own inner world. – Baya Mahieddine Baya, an avant garde artist who inspired Picasso, was born…

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Interviews

Life-saving journalism

Award-winning journalist and human rights defender Rana Husseini is best known for her campaigning work against ‘honour’ killings in Jordan. She recently won an Arab Woman of the Year Award for the social impact of her campaigning work for women….

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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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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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