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Aya Al-Hakim

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Refusing To Let Religion Define Menstruation

In Western culture, the dominating monotheistic religions have been a strong influence in alienating women from their own bodies by enforcing the belief that menstruating women are unclean and spiritually inferior. Judaism, Christianity and Islam view menstruation as a punishment from God.
05/17/2016 06:33 EDT
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Sufism: How Creativity Can Reconnect Us With Nature

Humanity is seen to be independent from nature, even above it. This has been the Western vision of the world. In poisoning the earth, we were led on a self-destructive path. But I try to invoke here an alternative vision, expressed by Islamic (Sufi) arts, which finds that the way humanity relates and depends on nature can be renewed once the creative life is reclaimed.
12/29/2015 03:48 EST
Aya Al-Hakim

As an Arab-Canadian, I'm Still Searching for Home

What does it mean to be an Arab living in the West? Can I be part of two worlds and to what extent? Going through an identity crisis, results into an ongoing questioning. It is the process of reflecting on the shattered pieces of memory, an abandoned language and understanding of one's ancestors and history.
10/14/2015 08:26 EDT

H&M's Hijab-Wearing Muslim Model Challenges Stereotypes

These women aren't separating their spirituality from personal or creative expression. By having the mainstream fashion industry represent women and men from different cultural and religious backgrounds, stereotypes and beliefs towards a group of people can be challenged. It is a step towards making unseen people seen.
09/16/2015 12:31 EDT