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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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Poetry

Mariam

Named after the virgin mother never to know the breadth of a man’s touch the prodigious power of his presence inside, a baby born not of the Lord but by His will. They called her whore, Unchaste, a liar by…

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Experiences

Secret sexualities

In my region, parents keep their daughters separate from boys, starting from the age of eight, if not before. This happened in my own family. We were scrupulously kept apart from boys to the extent that we didn’t even know…

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Poetry

The farthest mosque

Migration is metaphorical. My actual body lies somewhere I cannot trace. Two generations back existed on different soil two generations back existed on different soil two generations back existed on different soil two generations back migration was never about a…

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Opinions

Muslimahs: the new face of resistance

When protests against the CAA-NRC, which has implications for the citizenship status of India’s minorities started nobody expected that it would change the way the world would look at Muslim women in India. Supposedly ‘oppressed’ Muslim women have not only…

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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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Opinions

Grooming gangs: facing the truth

A recent independent review into child grooming and abuse in Manchester in the mid-2000s has revealed horrific details of how the victims were denied protection, and turned away by British police officers and social workers. The victims had been deliberately…

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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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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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