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    Guardian: Feminists are failing Muslim women by supporting racist French laws

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    Research: Women don’t like modest men

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    MuslimMatters: Marie Claire should stay out of sociopolitics

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    Expressions of Muslim Mental Health: An Interview with Zain Ali Shamoon

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    NYTimes: Quran fragments perhaps as old as Islam

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Research: Women don’t like modest men

Apparently, research has revealed that women don’t like modesty in a man. Read full study here. The three female researchers showed more than 200 people videotapes of a man and a woman applying for a job as a computer lab manager. The male and female actors both followed the same script…

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Eight Myths about Science Fiction and Fantasy

Most people who haven’t read science fiction and fantasy (SFF) define it by Hollywood blockbusters. If they’ve read SFF, they don’t think of it as such. “Fahrenheit 451? 1984?” I’ve heard from members of our Muslim communities. “Those are science fiction?” While these misunderstandings are not exclusive to Muslim communities…

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24 creative ways to jazz up your Eid party

Ramadan is almost over and while the month is an important period of fasting, spiritual reflection and gratefulness, its ending signifies another wonderful occasion – Eid! A time to gather with family and friends to mark the conclusion of fasting, Eid is traditionally celebrated by wearing new clothes, exchanging gifts with loved ones and…

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Living with a Bipolar spouse

Mental illness is a dirty secret in the Muslim community. It’s seen as a curse, as an embarrassment, as something to be kept hidden. In many countries it’s not spoken about, and certainly not medically treated. It’s something you get over, because you really don’t have any choice. It goes…

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Meet me in the middle

Cancer took my grandmother when I was 17-years-old. Actually God did. At the time, I was a high school social butterfly, fully immersed in the world and all its distractions, but within a year of my grandmother’s death, I underwent a metamorphosis. My grandmother’s health began to fail in 2011…

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When reason is unreasonable and only seeing is believing

Some of the first stories I ever loved were ones from the Qur’an and hadith. They filled the colorful pages of picture books my mother kept on a high shelf right next to the shelf where we stored the more stately hardbound, gold-trimmed volumes of the Qur’an. These stories are…

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Living with a Bipolar spouse

Mental illness is a dirty secret in the Muslim community. It’s seen as a curse, as an embarrassment, as something to be kept hidden. In many countries it’s not spoken about, and certainly not medically treated. It’s something you get over, because you really don’t have any choice. It goes…

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Muslim, Bipolar, and still unmarried

My girlfriends and I talk constantly about how difficult it is for us to find suitable husbands nowadays. “We’re amazing,” we reassure ourselves, half-jokingly, half-sincerely. “Anyone would be lucky to nab us!” Maybe we are all amazing, but there is something a little extra that I bring to the table–I…

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An Interview With a Spin

What is it that you’ve set out to do with With A Spin? What inspired the idea? I’ve always enjoyed adding my personal spin to the culture I was brought up in with the one I spent most of my adult life.  The goal of With A Spin is to make…

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Recovering from an eating disorder during Ramadan

Sofia always used to look forward to Ramadan.   It wasn’t the religious rituals or the spirituality of the holy Islamic month that was most appealing. Rather, she says, “it was because my family would praise me for not eating”.   But early last year, Sofia, who’s currently a university…

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30 Days 30 Deeds: Mukhtar Mai

People amaze me. With their strength; their courage; their resilience; their tenacity; their compassion.  I think there’s nothing more powerful or empowering than feeling inspired by the personal story of another – learning from their struggles and triumphs, gaining strength from their patience and determination, feeling emboldened by their resolve…

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