Women and Islam

Hearing the voice of the other

Hearing the voice of the other

In her essay, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak’, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak argues that interventions under colonial rule, such as the abolition of the Hindu rite of sati, is a case of…

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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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#BeBoldForChange

#BeBoldForChange

Women’s International Day May 8th 2017: this year the slogan encourages us to “Be Bold For Change”!  And as we look round, we are encouraged by significant advances. Globally in…

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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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The Status of Muslim Women and the Gospel

The Status of Muslim Women and the Gospel

Some have described the plight and status of women today, and particularly in countries where they live under Islam, using words like gendercide, femicide, gender apartheid, a pandemic, war on…

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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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How much do I really love my neighbour?

How much do I really love my neighbour?

Muslims have been my friends for many years now and I have loved living and working with them for more than 30 years. I have not always understood and I…

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In their own words: revealing their hearts

In their own words: revealing their hearts

Before I had ever met any Muslims, I knew one particular thing about them: they do not have a personal relationship with God. I had read books, I talked to…

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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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“Islam is not good for women.”

“Islam is not good for women.”

“Islam here is not good for women.” Twice on the same day, two Central Asian women leaned over the table and whispered this same conspiratorial statement. They noted the honor…

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