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British Muslim women speak out against stereotypes

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SHAFAQNA - From a jaded TV chat show host to a Middle Eastern actress who longs to be cast as a ghostbuster, not endless jihadi brides, the stories in Sabrina Mahfouz's anthology of British Muslim women all do one thing: challenge stereotypes. Mahfouz,…

Muslims and Islamophobia: Taking back the narrative

SHAFAQNA - Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. Yet here in the United States, it seems that Islam has become a topic filled with generalizations and misunderstandings. The events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001, not only changed…

Faces of Islam - Muslim women are not in fact submissive but the pillars of society

SHAFAQNA - In the west, the common picture of a Muslim woman is the stereotype of a woman hidden behind a veil, a voiceless, silent figure, bereft of rights. It is a picture familiar to all of us, in large part because this is invariably how…