Suffering

A changing context

A changing context

If we do a statistical review of issues impacting women in majority Muslim countries we see a vastly improved situation, particularly in the last 20 years. Women’s participation rates in…

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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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An Unlikely Pair

An Unlikely Pair

Moyra Dale consistently impresses me with her scholarly, thorough understanding of both formal and popular teaching within Islam and this blog is no exception. Moyra’s study and awareness of Middle…

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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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Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

Living faithfully when I don’t know the answer

I can still remember exactly where I was standing when we received the phone call, on the kitchen side of the arch that separated the kitchen and lounge. It was…

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‘Woman, why are you crying?’

‘Woman, why are you crying?’

I had returned for a visit to the South Asian city where I had previously worked. Dr Zahra had heard I was there, staying at the guest house, and asked…

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Weeping with those who weep

Weeping with those who weep

I was sitting with my language teacher, reading a piece she had chosen by a Palestinian poet, where he mourned his exile from his country.  It was not long since…

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An Unlikely Pair

An Unlikely Pair

The stories of two women, and what they teach us.  At the heart of the Joseph narrative in Genesis (38, 39) we find the stories of an unexpected pair of…

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Life without a home

Life without a home

What does it mean to be a woman on the refugee trail? It almost sounds like an adventure when we write it like that, the refugee trail. To speak this…

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Missing the mark

Missing the mark

Sin is the usual starting point for the message of the good news of God’s love for us all. We quickly go back to the first time humankind broke relationship…

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