Category Archives: human rights

a song for Afghan refugees in Pakistan: Pekhawara Afghanan che khapa na krre by Naghma

With Pakistan evicting some 600,000 Afghan refugees by the end of this year alone, this song, sung by Naghma in 2011 (I think?), is so real and relevant it’s heartbreaking. Song is at the bottom of the lyrics. The Pashto … Continue reading

Posted in Afghans, beauty, being human, Death to patriarchy, human rights, I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, Just stop, let's talk privilege, migration, Pakistan, Pashto, Pashtuns, Poetry, violence in this world | 1 Comment

Why are women so picky when it comes to marriage/relationships?

This is disturbing, so don’t read further if you will be triggered.

Posted in Death to patriarchy, feminism, gender, human rights, I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, Just stop, let's talk privilege, Sexual abuse, social justice, society, stop using the word shame, violence in this world, why we need feminism | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

On the Orlando Mass Shooting – and a note to Muslims who condemn homosexuality

Like everyone else, I’m thinking about the mass shooting at the Orlando club, and I can’t put any words together. There’s hurt, there’s anger, there’s confusion – I will never understand, and I hope I never understand, why and how … Continue reading

Posted in being human, Books, Death to patriarchy, human rights, I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, let's talk privilege, social justice, violence in this world | 6 Comments

Call for Contributors: Women-Identified Sexualities and Islam

Anyone who works on or studies gender-/sexuality-related topics with a focus on Islam might be interested in contributing to the following edited volume. Please consider sending submissions and/or share with friends. Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2016 Deadline for complete … Continue reading

Posted in academia, beauty, being human, Books, Death to patriarchy, forbidden things, gender, human rights, let's talk privilege, Muslim things, social justice, why we need feminism, your face is haraam | 2 Comments

Islamic feminism and the fear of inciting Islamophobia

This conversation needs to take place more widely, especially in feminist Muslim circles as well as in those fighting racism, Islamophobia, and other bigotry in the West: We need a way–a platform–to discuss problems internal to Muslims and Muslim/Islamic history … Continue reading

Posted in Death to patriarchy, feminism, forbidden things, gender, God, human rights, Islamic feminism, Islamophobia, let's talk privilege, Muslim feminists, Muslim things, Religion, social justice, why we need feminism | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

The Babarra Massacre of August 12, 1948: Translation and Background of Pashto Song “Margiya Ma Raza Darzama”

The short version of what follows On August 12, 1948, two days before Pakistan was to celebrate the first anniversary of its creation (August 14, 1947), the Pakistani government  attacked and killed over 600 Pashtuns during a peaceful demonstration against … Continue reading

Posted in Death to patriarchy, human rights, Just stop, Pakistan, Pashtun Leaders, Pashtuns | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments

The Islamic Reform Symposium in Exeter: authority, Muslim feminists, and women-led prayers

In June, I attended an Islamic reform conference in Exeter, UK. It was a beautiful experience, and I’m saddened that the symposium at which I spoke was the last of the 3-year project – because it would’ve been great to … Continue reading

Posted in Death to patriarchy, gender, God, human rights, Islamic feminism, let's talk privilege, Muslim feminists, Muslim things, social justice, why we need feminism, your face is haraam | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Ramadhan Mubarak, Everyone! Aka: May we all have a feminist Ramadhan!

Dear readers, The world has been blessed with yet another Ramadhan so that, hopefully, we may all look inside ourselves and ask ourselves what needs improvement in our own selves as well as in the things around us. May this … Continue reading

Posted in beauty, being human, Death to patriarchy, feminism, forbidden things, gender, God, human rights, I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, Islam, Islamic feminism, Just stop, let's talk privilege, Muslim feminists, Muslim things, Religion, social justice, society, why we need feminism, your face is haraam | Tagged , , | 15 Comments

Pashtun Personality of the Week: Samar Minallah Khan – anthropologist and human rights activist

Pasting the following brief intro to Samar Minallah from my old blog: Continuing our discussion on Pashtun leaders, both past and contemporary, we present to you – – – Samar Minallah. I’ve been meaning to write about her for over … Continue reading

Posted in Afghans, beauty, Death to patriarchy, feminism, gender, human rights, Pashto, Pashtun Leaders, Pashtuns, social justice, why we need feminism | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Responses to the Sexual Abuse Post – Part 4

Continuing the responses to a post I wrote previously on my Qur’an teacher sexually abusing girls. The responses below came in the form of comments or short messages, not in the form of email. So I’m sharing them in one … Continue reading

Posted in Death to patriarchy, human rights, I can't believe this needs to be said out loud, Sexual abuse, society, violence in this world | Tagged , | Leave a comment