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“To my siblings – I tried to find redemption and failed, forgive me. To my friends – the experience [journey] was harsh and I am too weak to resist it, forgive me. To the world – you were cruel to a great extent, but I forgive.” With these few words the queer activist Sarah Hegazy [Sārah Ḥijāzī]...
In the past, it was common in Egypt to hear women reciting Qur’ān in public ceremonies, religious events, funerals, weddings, big mosques, and even on the radio. Before the Second World War, some senior shaykhs issued a fatwa stating that women's voice is `awrah[an Islamic term that refers to...
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