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‘Honour killing’ is not a racist term

The perpetrators of multiple ‘honour’ killings in Ontario, Canada are to appeal against their conviction in 2012 on the grounds that provision of expert testimony on ‘honour’ crime was “highly prejudicial”. In 2009, Mohammed Shafia (58) and his wife Tooba Mohammed Yahya (41), drowned their three daughters Zainab (19), Sahar (17)...

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Mainstream hijab fashion dismisses the reality of women’s experiences

Having followed news about the onset of global hijab fashion trends and ‘modest’ clothing lines, I am conflicted about whether the normalisation of Islamic attire is a good step forward or whether in reality it dismisses the brutal experiences of some who wear hijab. When I used to wear it,...

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Health professionals advocate complicity with FGM  

The Times reported today that according to a group of gynaecologists writing in the BMJ’s Journal of Medical Ethics, ‘milder forms of female genital mutilation should be tolerated to stop “demonisation” of important cultural practices.’ One of the gynaecologists, Dr Allan Jacobs, of Stony Brook University, New York, says “it’s time...

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Leaving Islam, Losing Family

I have been thinking a lot about suffering lately. I am suffering a great deal because I am trying to come to terms with life without my family. They simply can’t deal with the fact that I am no longer Muslim, and that my spiritual exploration has led me to...

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Menstruation Makes You Unholy

This post was originally published by ‘Nice Mangos’ on her personal blog in February 2015, and we’re delighted to reproduce it here with her kind permission! So this weekend we were helping my aunt move, and gosh I love her to pieces… she is one of my few relatives who defends...