“Only the man who has known freedom can define his prison.”
― Catherine Fisher, Incarceron

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I am all for female self-awareness, empowerment and sexual liberation, especially when most of us are brought up in a culture that doesn’t make much room for open and honest discussions in regards to our bodies (my fellow Muslimahs, you know what I’m getting at). So when I witness young girls actively seeking information on […]

“I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it’s white, it’s snow-white.” ― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South(BBC series) North and South, written by Elizabeth Gaskell, is Pride […]

“Wasn’t that the point of the book? For women to realize, We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I’d thought.” ― Kathryn Stockett, The Help On most occasions, I choose to read a book before watching its movie adaptation. I like to be able to judge the book in […]

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced”

― Malala Yousafzai, “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” Continue reading

“There is not always a good guy. Nor is there always a bad one. Most people are somewhere in between.”

― Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls

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In the mood for a classic? Here’s one that will keep you reading because of its psychological complexities and suspenseful plot. “Crime and Punishment,” by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is a novel about a man who tests his limits by murdering an old pawnbroker. His name is Raskolnikov, a poverty-stricken and talented student. Through him, you see […]

Don’t even bother reading the back cover of “Persian Girls” by Nahid Rachlin, because I can almost certainly promise that it’ll be worth the read. When I read the book, I unfortunately read the back cover and realized that it partially misrepresents the book by providing information that doesn’t happen until the last fifty pages. Here’s what […]

“Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.”
― R.J. Palacio, Wonder Continue reading

Once upon a time, there was a young girl who loved stories. She couldn’t wait for the sky to turn black, the stars to come out and for the moon to shine bright. Night was her favorite time for one reason Continue reading

Many Muslim women around the world, but especially here in the United States, are tired of having the same diatribe thrown at us by the older generation: you’re not “modest” enough. Continue reading

Alif the Unseen is a novel by G. Willow Wilson worthy of its name—unseen is an adventure story like this filled with humans and jinn fighting for truth, knowledge, and justice through technology in a corrupt, tyrannical kingdom somewhere in the Persian Gulf. Continue reading