Editor’s Letter: South Asian Muslims

by ‘Afifah Shameemah __ “They call us crows; black, ugly, noisy. ‘The crows have descended’, they’ll joke among themselves.” – M. A. A friend, M, reached out to me to share her experiences as an Indian Muslim woman in Singapore through an insightful yet disheartening email. Much like her, many other South Asian Muslims have…

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Editor’s Letter: Hope

by Diana Rahim _ “Resistance is first of all a matter of principle and a way to live, to make yourself one small republic of unconquered spirit. You hope for results, but you don’t depend on them.” – Rebecca Solnit I know you will believe me when I say I had a hard time figuring…

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Editor’s Letter: Divorce & Single Motherhood

[This editor’s letter is guest-written by Zubee Ali, the wonderful coordinator and collaborator of our recent writing workshop 🙂 ] by Zubee Ali _ “I feel like I have no voice!” Natasha*, a young single mother with a four-year-old shared after her harrowing experience in court trying to claim regular maintenance from her ex. The…

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Editor’s Letter: Education

The theme of education, to my surprise, elicited the most responses so far. Submissions range from women who have studied in Madrasahs, to mainstream schools, to those who have been through the Gifted Education Programme. The theme of education was also interpreted outside the parameters of school to include meditations on the informal education we…

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Editor’s Letter: Sexuality

Cover Your Eyes! I watched Titanic for the first time at home with my parents. Jack and Rose are running, a respectable bourgeois lady and working-class man, away from the assistant of her insufferable, arrogant fiance. Rose with her tight ginger curls free from the usual chignon with her wild glittering eyes. Leonardo still baby-faced…

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Editor’s Letter: Religious Spaces

by Diana Rahim _ When I was an undergraduate, I don’t think I missed a prayer if I could help it. My university had a prayer room for its students. All you had to do was to bring your card to an office tucked obscurely in the basement of a building and requested them to…

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