Category Archives: herstory

Prophet Maryam and Her Successor, the Prophet Muhammad

Although I’ve already written about Maryam as our Prophetess, I’d like to expand on her significance by comparing the cosmological role of our Prophet Muhammad to that of our Prophetess Maryam. There are several interesting parallels between Maryam and Muhammad; … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Zaat al-Khaal

The very earliest of the Umayyads did not keep harems of jawari (or slave women, if I can translate roughly for a moment), but instead a woman’s power was rightfully her own, and her nobility was measured by her defiance. … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Kahula bint Azwar

Kahula bint Azwar, who belongs in the warriors series, is nothing short of legendary. Most notably the ardent heroine charged to the rescue of her abducted brother, who was also a soldier and had been taken prisoner by the Byzantine … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Al Shifa bint Abdullah

Along with contributing to medical necessities and engaging in politics Al Shifa bint Abdulla was the first female teacher in the early Muslim community. She is mentioned in nearly every text, but her name is seldom heard during sermons at … Continue reading

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Islamic History and the Women You Never Hear About: Women Leading Men in Prayer

“In the early days of the Muslim community, there were women who made the call to prayer, and there were also women who led the ritual prayer not only for women but also for men. In particular, Umm Waraqa bint … Continue reading

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Guest post at WoodTurtle: “The Right of the Inquiring Feminine”

WoodTurtle, who is amazing and fabulous, (AND JUST GAVE BIRTH TO HER SECOND CHILD, subhan’Allah!! Inappropriate announcement? Suck it, patriarchy! …That has to do with the post. You’ll see) graciously invited me to guest post. If you are interested in … Continue reading

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Lilith / Eve, a Question of Translation

Has it been over a week since I’d last written? Hi. It’s me. Are you still there? =P I haven’t much time, unfortunately. But here’s an entry of what’s been on my mind, though hastily written. If you remember from … Continue reading

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