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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 Quoting from the unpublished manuscript of a…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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Writing my own ending: the power of story to overcome shame

Writing my own ending: the power of story to overcome shame

Tell me your story. It’s an invitation issued by God again and again in his encounters with individuals, particularly women, in scripture. When Adam and Eve confronted their shame in…

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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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Wedding

Wedding

My neighbours had invited me to join them at a relative’s wedding in a Middle Eastern city.  We were given a tiny welcome cup of coffee when we arrived, then…

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Halal Gurls

Halal Gurls

Diaspora ministries to Muslim Women in the West is varied and much more complicated than relating to women in their country of origin. There is the merge of 2 or…

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Ministering in Patronage Cultures. Biblical Models and Missional Applications

Ministering in Patronage Cultures. Biblical Models and Missional Applications

Book Title: Ministering in Patronage Cultures. Biblical Models and Missional Applications Author: Jayson Georges Publisher: IVP Academic 2019 Reviewer: Moyra Dale Patronage has attracted increasing discussion in missiological writings in…

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