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Jesus: a sign for Jews, Christians and Muslims

Jesus: a sign for Jews, Christians and Muslims

(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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God and Motherhood

God and Motherhood

Mother’s Day is celebrated throughout the world, and with particular focus in the Muslim world. Women are celebrated; gifts are given in acknowledgement of nurturing female relationships, whether to mothers,…

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Women in the Qur’an, Traditions and Interpretation

Women in the Qur’an, Traditions and Interpretation

Author: Barbara Freyer Stowasser Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1994 Reviewer: Deb Sugars Barbara Stowasser’s book is a challenging but very useful read. It may be helpful for Christians working with…

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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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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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Purity – God’s picture of redemption in Jesus Messiah

Purity – God’s picture of redemption in Jesus Messiah

As I was visiting my Muslim friend in hospital, I noticed the Qur’an on her bedside table, and asked if she was reading from it. She shook her head: “I…

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Hospitality – a Redemptive Analogy

Hospitality – a Redemptive Analogy

A few months ago Cathy wrote about hospitality on this blog (

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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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Loving my neighbour: hospitality

Loving my neighbour: hospitality

I shall never forget breaking the fast with my landlord’s family in the Middle East. The hospitality was generous, extravagantly generous. The table was groaning under an array of food…

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Breaching the Divide of Islam: Muslim Women at the Margins

Breaching the Divide of Islam: Muslim Women at the Margins

What do Muslim women who advocate for a radical reinterpretation of Islam, Muslim women of the piety movement, and Muslim women activists for social change have in common? They invite…

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