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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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Attentiveness, presence, marginality, and spaciousness

Attentiveness, presence, marginality, and spaciousness

“Hospitality is both an ancient virtue and a prophetic practice, as it crosses boundaries, welcomes all, and involves taking risks. It is also dialogical, as it requires listening and learning.…

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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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Gendered spaces are not all bad

Gendered spaces are not all bad

How should we view gendered space, women only spaces? Can it be more than a culturally designated space that defines the spaces in which we are able to engage in…

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