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[25 Oct 2012 | 26 Comments | ]
What Does It Mean to Be Kashmiri?

Inshah Malik
“We in Kashmir are not Arabs, Iranians, Turks, or Indians. We are Kashmiris, and with the acceptance that we have our own identity and narrative, we can have meaningful exchanges with the world.”
Kashmir: a place that evokes both appreciation for beauty and a horrific fear as South Asia’s most militarized zone, infested with a culture of lawlessness, impunity, and an explicit celebration of militarism. Kashmir is home to a 90% Muslim majority population and is often positioned as ‘concentrated minority,’ as against the ‘dominant majority’ of the Indian mainstream. …

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[23 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Why We Need to Talk—Now

Yasmina Mrabet
Connection Point Manager

“My personal background is Arab-American…and the divisions between my two identities are so strong that sometimes I feel like I need to talk to myself.”
I am writing today to advocate for the increased participation of women in conflict resolution and peacebuilding work, to encourage women to address and rise above stereotypes and misperceptions that persist in mainstream media news bytes, and to make a contribution, however small, to building a global community of trust, and an awareness of a rich world culture.
Arab, Muslim, and Western women need …

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[19 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
An Opportunity to Write Letters and Build Peace

Barbara Federman

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, Barbara Federman contacted us with the idea for a letter writing exchange between women in the United States and Arab and Muslim women around the world. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please contact Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet:
A Letter to Arab and Muslim Women Around the World
Dear Arab and Muslim women around the world:
My name is Barbara Federman and I am a member of a group of women named Peace and Letter Society (P.A.L.S.). Our goal is …

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[11 Apr 2012 | 16 Comments | ]
Dating & Islam…to Me It’s an Oxymoron

Dania Shahzad

“To be clear, Islam does not forbid women and men from talking to one another, but asks that they practice modesty and remain within the limits that Sharia has set.”
Walking down the school hallways as a young Muslim girl I used to see guys and girls holding hands, or a girl standing by her locker crying as her boyfriend talked to her. I would be confronted with questions and statements about dating that took different forms and styles, starting from elementary until I graduated high school. Both guys and …