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Moyra Dale

Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam

  Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, by Asra Q. Nomani. Harper One 2006. Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This is not a new book:…

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Hospitality and God at Christmas

We find recipes, work out quantities and make shopping lists; then we carefully combine ingredients. We take time to set up the place for hospitality, with places for people to…

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Congratulations to Evelyne A. Reisacher

All of us at WWS... warmly congratulate Dr. Evelyne Reisacher for gaining a third award for her book Joyful Witness in the Muslim World.  She has  received the Book Award for Excellence…

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Women’s Shame – 1

It has been good to see further discussion in western journals and books on the subject of shame and honour in the past few years. We welcome the recognition of…

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Women, Suffering, and the Messiah’s birth

A few weeks ago I was with a Syrian family who had migrated to the west, an older woman with her daughter and son-in-law, and their small children. Like most…

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Two Sons of Two Mothers: Ishmael & Isaac (& Whose Sacrifice?)

The Bible and the Qur’an continue with the story of the sons of Hagar and Sarah, who became the ancestors of the respective faith communities. Bible In the Bible, Ishmael’s…

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Sarah: Foremother of Faith

Sarah stands at the tent entrance in Judeo-Christian and Muslim scripture. She is not centre stage, but we know her presence - we can hear her and see her, as…

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The woman who saw God

In this post, I explore the story of Hagar, a woman who responded to God. A slave, a concubine, an abused and then abandoned woman, she not only became the…

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