Hijras: The Age-Old Transgender Community in South Asian Culture

Featured Artwork: Madhura Kamat Growing up in an Indian-Malaysian household, I’m glad I was constantly surrounded by my culture, whether it was through stories my grandmother told me during sleepless nights or the many vibrant pictures and paintings that decorated the walls of my house. I always had a reminder of my heritage. I can’t…

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Shedding Light on Different Experiences of Growing up Ahmadi

Featured Artwork: Alona Savchuk Qadiani: a word commonly used to refer to those belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. The elders in our community can recall moments from their childhood when they were tormented in front of crowds of classmates and called by this infamous religious slur. They would hear this on the playground, where…

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When Christians Aren’t Christians

Featured Artwork: Boyoun Kim In the Fall of 2010, I found myself giddy beyond belief. My family was getting ready to relocate to Northwest Arkansas, home to Walmart, Tyson, Dillard’s, and the infamous Razorbacks, the flagship university’s mascot. Their football team was electric that year, climbing up in the national rankings to take a top…

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Taking Back the Spotlight: Modest Muslim Fashion

Featured Image: CULTURE Hijab Co. The perception of Muslim women in the mainstream has been, for the lack of a better term, depressing. For Muslim women who wear the hijab, the situation becomes even more dismal. Those who actively put themselves out into the world as identifiable Muslims face criticism about how they wear the…

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and The Broadcast of The Call to Prayer

Featured Image: Adam Dean for The New York Times Growing up in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, I never knew I was an Ahmadi Muslim. Just like any other child, I was unaware of sects, unaware of the major differences between these sects. My parents worried if we ever told someone outside the house that we were…

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Why The South-Asian Diaspora Should Oppose Modi’s India

Featured Artwork: Zainab Being proud of your culture and far-right religious nationalism is not the same thing and they will never be. A concept people have always struggled to grasp is that you can indeed have a love for your country and still advocate against the oppressive and corrupt forces that control it. To put…

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Where Are The Muslim Women?

The heated debates around Muslim women and their hijabs have only gained traction after waves of Islamophobia and racism continuously fueling them. On one side, we have adamant Muslims arguing about the beauty of the hijab and the inevitable blessings it would bring to its wearer; and on the other, racists and Islamophobes who harbor…

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The Art of Praying

Gandhinagar, Hyderabad 2003 8:30am  I watched my aunt pour a golden glass of milk over the porcelain statue of goddess Lakshmi Devi. After milk came honey. Then water. I sat cross-legged, half paying attention to the pooja, half paying attention to my Cafurty Telephone Piggy Bank. It was filled with a few paise and stacks…

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Refusing To Label Attacks Against Muslims As Hate Crimes

After a long day of classes, I got on the bus to head back home. About halfway through my commute, I noticed some stares behind me, so I decided to take my earphones out and see for myself what everyone was looking at. It was a white male who was making a lot of noise,…

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