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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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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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“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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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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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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Finding justice for Banaz

Review of Caroline Goode’s book “Honour: Achieving Justice for Banaz Mahmod“ When you think about the girls and young women you love – your daughter, your sister, your friend – take a moment to think about those girls growing up…

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Rape is a weapon of war

Review: Our Bodies, Their Battleground Rape, argues Christina Lamb, is a weapon of war as deadly as the Kalashnikov. Unlike the Kalashnikov, rape has the advantage of costing nothing. Rape serves as a reward for the troops and gang rape…

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Girl with a Gun

Review Girl with a Gun begins with a startling vignette of Iranian life in the 1960s. A wedding in the Kurdistan region unfolds over the traditional three days of festivities: hands are painted with henna, women visit the public baths,…

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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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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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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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Laicite Inch’allah

The title of Nadia el Fani’s documentary Laïcité Inch’allah (previously Ni Dieu, Ni Maître!) roughly translates as ‘Secularism, god willing!’ – an ironic phrase taken from an Arab Spring graffito the director spotted in Tunisia. Filmed both before and during…

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No Longer Without You

How can I walk away when my legs are not my own? And how do I pave my path back? Because my place within the family is my right. No Longer Without You (Niet Meer Zonder Jou) is a painfully…

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Women at the front

The movement to criticise religion, particularly in the USA, has been male-dominated since the turn of the century at least. The so-called four horsemen of atheism are, naturally, all men; sexism based in pseudoscience is often tolerated. Sam Harris, for…

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Words, not weapons

Writing from the frontline Review: Our Woman On The Ground Our Woman On the Ground is an essay collection featuring 16 sahafiyat (female journalists) each writing a chapter on their experiences, spanning the Arab world. With an introductory endorsement by…

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