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Purity and the Islamic worldview

Purity and the Islamic worldview

Human cleanliness and purity in Islam reflects the nature of the world as created by Allah and the character of God who is pure. How the Qur'an begins is indicative…

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Windows into Islam 6

Windows into Islam 6

The series of 6 blogs, “Windows into Islam”, are a compilation from many of my other writings and speaking on women who live under Islam, and the result of conversations…

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Healing from shame

Healing from shame

‘Daisy’ came from the Middle East to be married in a Western nation. Her husband and his family were abusive, and her husband ended up in jail. Although Daisy had…

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Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

Trust: the reality of relationships across cultures

I’m thinking through two different aspects of trust at the moment. With a group of friends from our local neighbourhood who are are not believers my focus is how am…

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Thinking about face

Thinking about face

I vividly remember the first time I became personally aware of the concept of ‘face’—which I now know to be linked with ‘shame.’ I was 18, teaching night classes to…

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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 Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…

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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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RAHAB: Who are you?

RAHAB: Who are you?

"I have 3 different Instagram accounts," said Ika, a young entrepreneur who wears a hijab. "On Instagram A I become a devout Muslim, on Instagram B I become a tough…

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Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes

Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes: Patronage, Honor, and Shame in the Biblical World by E.Randolph Richards and Richard James IVP Academic, 2020 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   The book is…

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