Women and Islam

Suckling: Kinship More Fluid

Suckling: Kinship More Fluid

Suckling: Kinship More Fluid, by Fadwa El Guindi. Routledge, 2020. Reviewed by Moyra Dale This book is an anthropological discussion of kinship, and the place that breastfeeding contributes to it,…

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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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Hagar Poems

Hagar Poems

Title: Hagar Poems By: Mohja Kahf Published: University of Arkansas Press, 2016 Reviewed by Miriam Dale One of the things that makes poetry magical is the words that are left…

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Bless you!

Bless you!

Walking along the road in a rural town, I smile at the baby on the lap of the woman who is sitting on the pavement, selling greens from her basket.…

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Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS.

Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS.

Guest House for Young Widows. Among the women of ISIS. By Azadeh Moaveni Published by Scribe Publications 2019 Reviewed by Moyra Dale   This book is an engaging, if troubling,…

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Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology

Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology

Title of Book: Divine Words, Female Voices: Muslima Explorations in Comparative Feminist Theology Author: Jerusha Tanner Lamptey Published: Oxford University Press, 2018 Reviewer: C. Hine Divine Words, Female Voices is…

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Fasting

Fasting

Ramadan has come and gone for another year. Gone are the long daylight hours without food or drink, the clogged traffic as everyone rushes for home before the evening break-fast,…

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Meanings of Shame

Meanings of Shame

Much has been written about the concepts of ‘shame’ and ‘honour’, and how they are manifest in different cultural contexts. As Westerners reading and writing in English, it is, however,…

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Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women

Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women

Title:               Beyond Veiled Clichés: the real lives of Arab women Author:           Amal Awad Publisher:     Vintage Books, 2017 Reviewer:     Louise Simon Clichés and stereotypes about Arab women…

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The Familiarity of Christmas?

The Familiarity of Christmas?

The build-up to Christmas was there on public display inside and outside shopping centres and in individual shops. Lights and decorations. Santas, snowmen, Christmas trees, tinsel. Christmas carols—both traditional religious…

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