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Longing to be true and faithful

Longing to be true and faithful

Over the last weeks, I have been listening to testimonies from sisters who follow Jesus out of Islam. Each time I am drawn back to  the starting point of their…

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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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Practices of faith and menses

Practices of faith and menses

I asked my friend/language helper this afternoon about what she likes about Ramadan, especially the last 10 days and what they mean to her. She spoke about the multiplication of…

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Is trust a liminal space?

Is trust a liminal space?

How can our relationships with our Muslim friends, sisters and colleagues thrive and flourish? Can we understand the negotiations in these relationships, shaped by the necessity of building bridges across…

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Privilege, Entitlement and Honour – Whose voice is heard?

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour – Whose voice is heard?

Moyra’s storytelling style to teach difficult truths and encourage the reader to question one’s own assumptions and blind spots is particularly helpful in this blog. Moyra’ starts by embedding us…

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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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Friendships: transactional and relational

Friendships: transactional and relational

“Friendship is a real thing where people open their living to one another, allowing the paths of life to crisscross in journeys imagined as in some sense shared.” ‘Friendship First’,…

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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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Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Privilege, Entitlement and Honour : hierarchies of age, gender, …?

Men are sitting on the floor, plates in front of them. They talk easily among themselves, barely acknowledging the presence of the young unmarried women who move around the group,…

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