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Majid Naficy: The Day Chador Is Not Forced 

The day will come when my sisters
No longer wear forced chadors.
Let that day be in summer
So that we can go for a picnic.

October 5, 2022 · 10 Comments

Abby Zimet: Iran’s Women Rise Up – and Hack Off Their Hair – for “Woman, Life, Freedom”

Tens of thousands of people have thronged the streets in capital cities around the world for the last two weeks to protest the murder in police custody of Mahsa Amini.

October 5, 2022 · 2 Comments

Video: Youth

A teenage girl takes a step toward adulthood in contemporary Cairo.

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Molly Fisk: That Kind of Woman

We try them on as subjects, our mythical forebears,
wondering who we are: Penelope. Persephone. Eve.
Eurydice. Sleeping Beauty, Cassandra, Ophelia, Cinderella.
Barbie.

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Ramsha Ashraf: We were the daughters

we were the daughters
of the witches
who could set fire to skeletons

June 17, 2019 · 2 Comments

Video: al imam

. Despite controversy and threats, Muslim singer/songwriter turned spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice through activism and a progressive practice of Islam. As one of the world’s … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Omnia El Shakry: Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist

Even in the most revolutionary thinkers, you will find the uncannily familiar. Sigmund Freud was no exception. Arabs recognised in Freud’s body of thought ideas from classical Islamic thinkers. In … Continue reading

August 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: What does the Quran really say about a Muslim woman’s hijab? — Samina Ali

. In recent times, the resurgence of the hijab along with various countries’ enforcement of it has led many to believe that Muslim women are required by their faith to … Continue reading

April 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

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