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God making himself known to women

God making himself known to women

The God who sees – Hagar. God who hears – Hannah. God who protects – Tamar. God who provides – Rahab. God who heals – woman who was bleeding. God…

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Rendering women voiceless: suffering without lament

Rendering women voiceless: suffering without lament

I remember the evening well. One of my students had died in a motorcycle accident and I was called to the hospital. I had given her permission to leave after…

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Women’s Voice

Women’s Voice

In this first blog, Moyra issued an invitation to recognise and listen to women's voices. For me, I was struck by the way she challenges assumed norms about the role…

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Say what your longing heart desires

Say what your longing heart desires

Title of Book: Say What Your Longing Heart Desires: Women, Prayer and Poetry in Iran Author: Niloofar Haeri Published: Stanford University Press, 2021 Reviewer: C. Hine How do women seeking…

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God responds to pain and suffering

God responds to pain and suffering

We had climbed to part of the area that had been devastated by the earthquake. Under a makeshift shelter an old lady sat rocking back and forward. She described the…

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‘I am the Lord’s servant…’

‘I am the Lord’s servant…’

My Muslim friends have often challenged me about what it means to live my faith as an act of submission to God in the everyday of life. Where I struggle…

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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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Prayer

Prayer

Everyone says, ‘I will pray about that’, or asks ‘please pray about that for me’. But what does that really mean? Sometimes it is just a pious but empty expression.…

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Loving our Neighbour as host, guest or partner?

Loving our Neighbour as host, guest or partner?

Any language learner will know that language mirrors culture and often reveals the values which underpin the life of a group. I had a fresh insight of this when I…

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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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