The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Sabrina Amrane Shortly after he rose to power, former President of Algeria Houari Boumediene visited Tuggurt, a city more than 600km south of Algiers. His arrival is documented on film, where you can see him carefully step down from a private plane and then wave from a Lincoln town car, followed by dozens of police Vespas. When looking closely at the black-and-white montage, one can … Continue reading The women of Tuggurt in their houses: Framings of women’s liberation in Algeria

Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle

Aishah A. When asked to illustrate examples of social cohesion and absence of racism in the Islamic faith, Muslims will often point to the example of Bilal, may Allah be pleased with him: an Ethiopian slave who went on to become one of the foremost Companions of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and the first muaddhin of Islam. However, less frequently mentioned is Barakah bint Tha’labah: a … Continue reading Barakah – The Black Woman who Rocked the Prophet’s Cradle

Best of 2020: Bookstagram Recommends

This month, we asked a few brilliant readers from the fascinating world of Bookstagram to share their favourite reads of 2020. Make sure to follow these sisters for more book reviews on a vast range of genres, from spirituality and history, to politics and fiction. Have a title you think we should read? Comment down below or let us know on Twitter @QarawiyyinProj. Read our … Continue reading Best of 2020: Bookstagram Recommends

Reflections on Rabi’ al-Awwal

In this blessed month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, as our hearts turn towards the remembrance of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, five of the Qarawiyyin Project’s contributors put forward their reflections on the life and character of Rasulallah ﷺ. Knowing the beloved Aisha Hasan The station of Muhammad ﷺ is guaranteed by his name: “the praised one”. In the history of humanity, no man has been praised as … Continue reading Reflections on Rabi’ al-Awwal

Book List: Rediscovering Islamic History

Following our latest podcast episode, Aaminah Y. and Ayah Aboelela have curated a reading list for aspiring Islamic history buffs. Whether driven by the Islamic imperative to know our past, searching for answers to historical controversies or just looking for entertaining anecdotes, Islamic history provides something for everyone. So where does one start? Before diving in the deep end with Imam Tabari’s 40 volume Tarikh … Continue reading Book List: Rediscovering Islamic History