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A year of pressure on hijabis

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Inspirations

Laleh Bakhtiar 1938-2020

The feminine perspective is extremely important, because no one has paid attention to it in any of the translations (of the Qur’an) into other languages. So it is very easy to misintpret the role of women in Islam, or ignore…

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Opinions

Muslims are the primary victims of Islamism

The recent heinous attacks in France and Austria are just the latest additions to the countless Islamist terrorist attacks world-wide. Most take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia: the victims mainly Muslims – or those presumed to…

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Opinions

Why is France being villainized?

In the wake of terrorist attacks in France over the last two weeks, my twitter feed has been overflowing with shared links to articles by opinion writers and analysts from large swathes of the Western media, particularly English-language publications. They…

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Reviews

Legacies

Riz Ahmed’s latest offering feels very apt for 2020, since its central theme dances around the fear intrinsic to the reality of our lives. Riz plays Zed, a British Pakistani rapper in New York. On the cusp of ‘making it’,…

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Opinions

Clickbait…and hate

In the aftermath of the beheading of the French history teacher Samuel Paty, Charlie Hebdo cartoons, including one of prophet Muhammed, have been projected onto the Montpelier government building in France.This is a movedesigned to normalize dissent and defend French…

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Opinions

Decency

Suppose you were the mother of an 11 year-old little boy. For some time now, he has been interested in Islam. He sees you, starts to be aware of his roots on both the Moroccan and Afghan sides beyond kababs…

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Interviews

Becoming my own hero

An interview with Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize nominee Shana Begum You’ve been nominated for an Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize. What does that mean to you? As a BAME woman with a learning disability, I feel overwhelmingly proud that the hard…

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Inspirations

Rebiya Kadeer 1946 –

‘I want to be the mother of all Uyghurs, the medicine for their ills, the cloth with which they dry their tears, and the cloak to protect them from the rain.’ – Rebiya Kadeer Rebiya Kadeer is a businesswoman and…

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Poetry

Belonging…

It’s like breathing  Without holding onto every breath  It’s like knowing I can take up space here  I don’t have to shrink.  & I let my guard down   I become part of life  The country I was born in   Grew…

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Reviews

When we talk about rape

Review What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape, Sohaila Abdulali The fear of rape is background noise for many women. It rises from a barely audible whisper to a screech when triggered. The stimuli can be as trivial…

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Opinions

Macron’s two-tier republic

‘We have created our very own separatism. It is a ghettoization which our Republic, with initially the best intentions in the world, has allowed to happen.’ Emmanuel Macron, President of France, laid out his vision of an ‘anti-separatism bill’ which…

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Interviews

Honouring gutsy women

Interview with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a British journalist and author. She describes herself as a ‘a leftie liberal, anti-racist, feminist, Muslim.’ Her latest book, Ladies Who Punch: Fifty Trailblazing Women Whose Stories You Should Know is an anthology…

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Reviews

“Honour” and anger

Banaz Mahmod was born in Iraq in 1985. When she was just ten years old, her father fled Iraq, and sought asylum with his wife and five daughters in Mitcham, South London. Banaz was just four years older than me:…

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Experiences

Memories of Turkey: Accents

I grew up in Turkey. This is what I remember. There were several accents… and some stood out more than others. My paternal grandmother spoke in what is known in Turkey as ‘Istanbul’ Turkish. There was a melody to it….

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