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Season of joy and suffering

Season of joy and suffering

Christmas celebrations focus on joy, with lots of festivity, food and family celebrations along the way. We rejoice in the wonderful truth of God with us, born into our world…

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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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Lessons from the long-expected joy of sharing Jesus stories with Muslim women

Lessons from the long-expected joy of sharing Jesus stories with Muslim women

The Lord announces the word, and the women who proclaim it are a mighty throng. Psalm 68:11 For eight years I have read about, thought of, prayed for and worked…

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Women’s Shame – 3

Women’s Shame – 3

The previous two posts discussed shame ascribed to women, and embodied in women’s bodies. Jesus’ interaction with women who carried socially ascribed shame enabled their public vindication. Jesus took on…

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Women’s Shame – 1

Women’s Shame – 1

It has been good to see further discussion in western journals and books on the subject of shame and honour in the past few years. We welcome the recognition of…

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Reconciliation, restitution and community in honour-shame

Reconciliation, restitution and community in honour-shame

I remember it well. A particular work situation in the Middle East had not ended well. As time and distance did their job of healing and reflective learning, there seemed…

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How do Muslim women do theodicy?

How do Muslim women do theodicy?

How do Muslim women do theodicy? How do they make sense out of suffering? And where is God when they suffer? I’ve recently had the chance to explore this and…

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Women, the seventh face of Islam?

Women, the seventh face of Islam?

I am indebted to the work of Dr John Azumah, who helps us recognise the diversity that there is in Islam. Through what he calls the ‘five faces of Islam’,…

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Contextualising Christian Faith in Encounters with Muslim Women

Contextualising Christian Faith in Encounters with Muslim Women

Miriam Adeney, in the preface to her book ‘Daughters of Islam’ asserts “… strategy decisions that affect women are made in ignorance” because while most Christians and mission leaders value…

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