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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 Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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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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Fear of ghosts

Fear of ghosts

Jesus’ power and desire to set people free from fear of ghosts has regularly come to the surface in my years among Muslims in SouthEast Asia. Once I was travelling…

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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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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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Communicating the message of salvation

Communicating the message of salvation

‘I’m not a bad person. I haven’t done anything really bad.’ ‘No one can keep all of God’s rules completely, I do my best.’ ‘I fast, I pray, I give…

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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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Encounter with Folk Islam (Part 1)

Encounter with Folk Islam (Part 1)

(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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Life Transitions & Rites of Passage

Life Transitions & Rites of Passage

The room was full of women, with men also joining in on the edge of all the activity. In the centre the new baby, just a week old, was carefully…

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Muslim Spirituality

Muslim Spirituality

(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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