Managing conflict through dialogue: 3 interfaith/intercultural couples share their stories
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
3M ago
Interfaith and intercultural relationships can bring individuals and different families and communities together. However, there is sometimes the potential for conflict when navigating difference. There is also the risk of potential social isolation from either or both of the couple’s communities, and of wider conflict within families. This is often brought about by fear of difference, notions of “dishonour” and anxieties around loss of cultural or religious heritage. In some communities, marrying outside one’s faith can be a real taboo. However, despite the challenges, interfaith and intercul ..read more
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Where antisemitism meets misogyny: 3 Jewish women share their stories
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
5M ago
A few weeks ago, I had the “joy” of being verbally abused online. Now, as an outspoken Muslim woman advocating for feminism, LGBT+ equality and stronger Jewish-Muslim relations, it’s nothing new. However, what I’ve increasingly noticed is how trolls will attempt to “attack” me by using antisemitic discourse e.g. talking about my “Jewish nose” or me “being Jewish” – as though this would be a bad thing or that I’m “not really a Muslim” e.g. a liar. Take for example the following message I received when I objected to Islamic polygamy when attempting to buy a kaftan for Eid: “I don’t need women w ..read more
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Call for participants: Intercultural and interfaith couples
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
6M ago
Voice of Salam is looking for interfaith and intercultural couples, of all backgrounds (cultures / faiths and none) to participate in a research project focussed on: Managing conflict and diversity in interfaith and intercultural relationships through dialogue We’re working on a digital (video and social media) campaign. Can you help us? About the project Interfaith and intercultural relationships can bring individuals and different families and communities together. However, there is sometimes the potential for conflict within such relationships when navigating difference. There is also the ..read more
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Pink: Sexism, sexual assault and the need for social reform – a film review
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
7M ago
By Roni Roseberg Although the colour pink seems to be associated with girls’ and women’s clothes, the title of the 2016 film “Pink,” on Netflix, says little about the subject matter — social attitudes toward sexual assault on women. Nor does the title hint at how well the movie handles the subject. Filmed in India, the movie examines ingrained sexist attitudes toward women, the tendency to blame the victim, corruption among officials, favouritism toward the rich, and the problem of poorly trained police —all universal themes. Following its release, the timely film got favourable reviews in Ind ..read more
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10 More groups which highlight the ethno-cultural and religious diversity across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region)
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
8M ago
In a previous blog, I wrote about the ethno-cultural diversity across the MENA region – the Middle East and North Africa. However, I learnt from feedback and my own experiences, that there is even more diversity out there! And so, here is part two: ten more groups with highlight the ethno-cultural and religious diversity of the region. Take a look! 1. Mandaeans: Mesopotamia’s disappearing minority Image credit: Tasnim News Agency, CC BY 4.0. The Mandeans are an ethnoreligious group from Southern Iraq and Iran who follow the religious practice of Mandaeism – a gnostic, monotheistic ethnic ..read more
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Faith and LGBTQI+ identity are not in opposition: Sharing messages of solidarity
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
8M ago
It’s Pride Month and for people belonging to both the LGBT+ and a religious community, this can be a difficult time. Not everyone has acceptance from their co-religionists, a safe space to worship as an out and proud worshipper or a religious figure in their community that accepts them for who they are – both queer and of faith. As a queer Muslim, I see absolutely nothing wrong with being both queer and Muslim. My faith and bisexuality are NOT in opposition. If I thought they were, I’d no longer identify as a Muslim – however for many people, leaving Islam comes with its own additional challen ..read more
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How to create sustainable change: 7 top tips for non-profits
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
11M ago
By Roni Roseberg The Inland Empire of Southern California is located about an hour and half east of Los Angeles and encompasses the largest county in the US, San Bernardino County, as well as Riverside County, and a myriad of diverse cities. In two neighbouring Southern California cities, Colton and San Bernardino, are where you’ll find Frank Ibarra – a walking gold mine of information, particularly in education and non-profit management. Nearly everyone in the field of education in these parts has heard of Frank. He’s been on the Colton School Board as an elected official longer than anyone a ..read more
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Covid-19: Whilst key workers are all hands on deck, racist hate crime is increasing
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
1y ago
By Roni Roseberg My friend Margaret surprised me. First, she and her husband left the population-dense San Francisco Bay Area where they had lived for 41 years, heading for a semi-rural community in the upper reaches of Northern California. Somehow, I didn’t think she’d leave an area that was home for so long, especially as one of their two grown children still lives in the Bay Area. Then Covid-19 upended her plans and Margaret reversed her course about working. She had been in the middle of a two-year trial sabbatical to consider possible retirement. Born in then-British-occupied Hong Kong, M ..read more
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“Unorthodox”: A book and Netflix series review
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
1y ago
By Roni Roseberg Deborah Feldman’s autobiographical account, “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots”, is a chronicle of her major life transformation from very religious to secular life. It was written in 2012, but I only became aware of it when I heard her recent interview on National Public Radio. Her calm voice revealed the depth of her insights as she talked about her story and its fictionalised remake into a four-episode Netflix series. I immediately obtained the book and enjoyed it. I am now eager to read her other books. Author Deborah Feldman (Image credit: Alexa Vac ..read more
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The macho paradigm: Where a woman must “know her place”
Voice of Salam | Human rights | Interfaith | Humanity
by Elizabeth Arif-Fear
1y ago
By Roni Roseberg Some years ago, I was teaching English as a second language at an adult school. One of the students in my class, a young ballerina from Mexico—we’ll call her Marisol—was a dinner guest in my home one evening. My two young sons and I enjoyed her company, so she became a regular visitor in our home. Soon after, Daniel, a male student from the class, a young man from El Salvador, arranged to see her at my house. Cheery and handsome, he made it clear that he had an “offer” for our ballerina friend. After a whopping six weeks in the US, he was confident that he understood the cultu ..read more
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