sexuality

We are not a fitna

When I arrived for Eid-ul-Adha prayers at Noor Cultural Center in Toronto, my hopes were not high.  I have been, over the years, to dozens of mosques, in half a dozen countries, on four continents. Sometimes, I’ve been looking for a mosque to call home, a source of intellectual and spiritual…

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Dehumanizing Pashtuns: From Terrorists to Blue-eyed Chaiwalas

Many people have seen the photograph of 18-year-old Arshad Khan, the Afghan Pashtun* worker at an Islamabad tea stand whose photo has gone viral globally. When the image of this tea vendor who had neither a name nor a story attached to him appeared on my social media timeline, I immediately…

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What the Muslim world can teach us about female sexuality

Western and Eastern authors have historically painted a picture of the Muslim world as one in which the sexuality of Muslim women flourishes behind closed doors. It seems that in these secluded spaces a secret is passed from generation of women to generation of women about how to actively create a vibrant sexuality within the private sphere.

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