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Extending the bonds of kinship

Extending the bonds of kinship

‘Call my sister!’ A young woman at the college where I worked was in a heated discussion with me about the boundaries the college rules put on her leaving the…

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Identity for Believers from a Muslim background: Equality of Women

Identity for Believers from a Muslim background: Equality of Women

One of the most transformative aspects of Christian identity in the lives of believers from a Muslim background is the equality and value the Bible places on women. I have…

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Identity: Helping women discover their identity in light of the Bible.

Identity: Helping women discover their identity in light of the Bible.

One of the tragedies of our world is the distortion of the female identity (Genesis 3:16 refers to this as part of the consequence of the fall). Part of the…

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Identity: How do women from a Muslim background understand their identity?

Identity: How do women from a Muslim background understand their identity?

As Christians our identity is influenced in part by the Bible and our Christian community. Muslim women have their identity shaped by the Quran, Hadith and Muslim community. The result…

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Identity: Who am I? Who are you?

Identity: Who am I? Who are you?

Identity is an important issue for every person and hence, for every woman. Each woman is on a journey, whether they are aware of it or not, to be who…

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Knowing God

Knowing God

How do women living under Islam relate to God? As a Christian woman who views and understands her religious texts through her own modes of knowing, some would say (individualistic)…

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Depictions of Hagar

Depictions of Hagar

There are a number of pictures of Hagar in western art. Some portray Sarah offering Hagar, her slave, to Abraham to get her pregnant, so she can have a child…

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

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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Privilege, Entitlement and Honour – Whose voice is heard?

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour – Whose voice is heard?

We have traveled several hours from the capital city to visit Fatima in her home, in a tiny village which overlooks miles of hills covered in orderly lines of olive…

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A line in the sand or a bridge?

A line in the sand or a bridge?

A small group of young Muslims and Christians were sitting together in the studio, discussing on live television the possibilities for their country in a new era that followed political…

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