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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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Women who break the rules

Women who break the rules

I recently spent a week with a group of women who follow Jesus out of Islam, exploring women who break the rules. We looked at 5 women in the Bible,…

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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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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 Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes: Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World by E.Randolph Richards and Richard James IVP Academic, 2020 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   The book is…

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The Power of Breast Milk

The Power of Breast Milk

“Can you come and squirt some of your breast milk into our nephew’s eyes? He’s got sore eyes, and it will help them.” At the time I was asked, I…

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Life Stages, Rites and Rituals

Life Stages, Rites and Rituals

The following are excerpts from the When Women Speak... booklet 'Life Stages and Rites of Passage for Muslim Women', written by Louise Simon, compiling the learning from the I-view courses.…

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People of Peace / Gatekeepers

People of Peace / Gatekeepers

Jesus said to her, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband - for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now.”…

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Women through Jesus’ eyes

Women through Jesus’ eyes

"Learn this now and learn it well, my daughter: Like a compass needle that points north, a man's accusing finger always finds a woman. Always. You remember that, Mariam.” This…

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Hospitality and God at Christmas

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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