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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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Importance of a son

Importance of a son

(This blog is an excerpt from Vivienne Stacey’s book ‘Women in Islam’, published in 1995. It is used with permission from Interserve GBI.) Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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Being the guest: standing on holy ground

Being the guest: standing on holy ground

My experiences of hospitality in the Middle East North Africa, and South Asia, has always been that of generous hospitality. Along with some colleagues, I was invited to an iftar…

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Doing life together: Hospitality in SE Asia

Doing life together: Hospitality in SE Asia

This blog continues the discussion of hospitality.  It may look very different according to where we live and work, and the blogs show that variety.  But it is important everywhere:…

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Bless you!

Bless you!

Walking along the road in a rural town, I smile at the baby on the lap of the woman who is sitting on the pavement, selling greens from her basket.…

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Comfort, consolation and healing

Comfort, consolation and healing

We continue to explore what can be learnt from sharing in the experience of sharing in Life cycle events and rites of passage with our Muslim friends. In the first…

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Role of the ‘Pir’ in Popular Islam

Role of the ‘Pir’ in Popular Islam

(This post comes from the writings of Vivienne Stacey. Vivienne was a pioneer thinker, researcher and writer who spent many years working in Pakistan and was a mentor to many…

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Christmas, a time for blessing

Christmas, a time for blessing

Living outside of my own country, Christmas was a mixed time. I loved the lack of commercialisation in the countries where I was living. It gave opportunity for me to…

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In a world of limited good

In a world of limited good

Hina had given birth to a baby boy, the first boy in her husband’s family. Her mother-in-law put dark eyeliner all around his young eyes, making him look rather odd,…

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