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Contextualisation and its impact on the good news for women

Contextualisation and its impact on the good news for women

Phil Parshall pioneered modern expressions oƒ contextualisation for ministry to Muslims. He defines contextualisation as “… the effort to understand and take seriously the specific context of each human group…

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When inaccessibility is created by strategies and attitudes

When inaccessibility is created by strategies and attitudes

The ‘inaccessibility’ of Muslim women and their apparent lack of interest in the gospel is considered a challenge by some. (Love, 1996, Reisacher, 2005, Adeney, 2000) What that inaccessibility looks…

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Healing from shame

Healing from shame

‘Daisy’ came from the Middle East to be married in a Western nation. Her husband and his family were abusive, and her husband ended up in jail. Although Daisy had…

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Pure religion?

Pure religion?

Before arriving in this country, I thought that I would be immersed in a “pure” form of Islam - this is, after all, the land of those who protect pure…

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Reasons to gather

Reasons to gather

The women’s gatherings that I have been a part of have usually been ones of celebration; weddings, birthdays, engagements. I have also attended funerals where the mourning was interspersed with…

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Patronage: a stage of life

Patronage: a stage of life

In my life, patronage is a stage of life. As you get older, have a family, your status here in Central Asia changes. It changes according to age. If you’re…

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Role of the family

Role of the family

Family lies at the core of how society organises in many nations of the Middle East and North Africa. In other areas, the tribe is the basic unit of the…

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Who am I that I could pray?

Who am I that I could pray?

What is prayer? How do women living under Islam understand Allah, themselves, their responsibilities? In what ways does this shape what they think about and how they approach prayer? A…

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Protection and healing

Protection and healing

As we discussed lived Islam one colleague talked about her community, explaining that it is more Salafi/Wahhabi and so very strictly against 'folk-type practice'. She explained: ‘they don’t agree with…

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