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

Latifa Zayyat 1923-1996

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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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Reviews

Honour: An unsensational and nuanced genre piece

‘Honour’ review The British detective procedural show is a tonally exact genre, and Honour, a two-part drama series written by Gwyneth Hughes, is a stunning display of a generic kind of perfection, marred only by a greatly important factor: the announcement…

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Inspirations

Aisha al-Manoubia c. 1190-1267

Aisha al-Manoubia, also known as Lalla Manoubia, was a Berber woman who rose to become the highest authority on Sufism in Tunisia. She was considered one of the four spiritual guardians of the capital city Tunis. Aisha was born in…

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Reviews

Body horror or righteous horror?

Review The Netflix original film Cuties (2020), centres upon a group of eleven-year-old girls forging their nascent pubescent identities, and gaining validation from sources ranging from Instagram likes to the approval of dance judges in a competition. Cuties is not…

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Poetry

March for the many stories untold

March for the many stories untold The many sobs unheard March for the many times a woman flinched Not wanting to be touched, not wanting to be groped March for when love turns purple Marriages still are March for the…

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Inspirations

Forough Farrokzhad 1935-1967

‘Perhaps because no woman before me took steps toward breaking the shackles binding women’s hands and feet, and because I am the first to do so, they have made such a controversy out of me.’ – Forough Farrokzhad Forough Farrokzhad…

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Experiences

Virgin desires

In conservative societies in the MENA region there are a whole set of tools devoted to keeping a girl a ‘virgin’ – not just sexually, but in all aspects of life. Young girls must not open their eyes to anything…

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Opinions

Gratitude and patience

I look back at the past few months. As COVID-19 with its little crown staged its coup d’état and took over our lives, there was talk of a resurgence of inwardness, of spirituality, of solace through holy scriptures.  Social media…

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Opinions

The whirling women of Istanbul

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving, It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even though you have broken your vows a thousand times, Come, and come yet again. – Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi,…

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Poetry

Spaces

The only space women are allowed  Is two-finger wide.  The colours are red, must always be red. Hands crawling out of the floors, Penises hanging on the walls, Always erect  To penetrate & impregnate.  A man’s pride and a woman’s shame. …

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Experiences

Guilty prayers

When I was nine years old I naively committed to praying namaz five times a day. This  commitment quickly transitioned from a choice to a responsibility. My motivation for prayer turned from childish excitement to guilt from missing a prayer….

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Opinions

Uyghur Muslims need our help

Horrific details of human rights violations against Uyghur Muslim have been surfacing within a world already struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are horrifying reports from Xinjiang hospitals of late-stage pregnancies aborted and new-born babies killed in order to reduce…

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