I am honoured to have had another brief piece published by sister-hood, an award-winning magazine that spotlights the voices of women of Muslim heritage. The post reflects on Dina Ali Lasloom as a symbol of resistance and courage in the campaign to end male guardianship in Saudi Arabia. Please visit the link below to view the piece in its entirety.

On April 10th, Dina Ali Lasloom, a 24-year-old Saudi woman, stepped off a plane in Manila on her way to seek asylum in Australia only to find herself detained by authorities in the airport. A video shows her left shoulder and the first few buttons of a grey coat that belonged to a Canadian woman, Meagan Khan. Meagan had met Dina in the airport and come to her aid.

In Dina’s own words, delivered in an unwavering voice … Continue Reading.

Image Credit: Sean Savage, “resistance is growing”

5 thoughts on “Resistance, solidarity and Dina Ali

  1. Dear Moudhy,
    It was so interesting to read your articles and learn about your thoughts, and I indeed respect your honesty! However, my curiosity leads to ask you this; you have said in your profile that you became an Assyriologist by training; so why you have decided to study ancient Mesopotamian languages and grammars?

    Thank you for your attention and reply in advance.

    Best wishes,

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    1. Dear Leenah,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to read the articles and for your kind comments and your question!
      I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study a field that I love and follow it through to a post-doctoral level. Assyriology combines so many subjects – languages, ancient history, Middle Eastern history, and a host of interdisciplinary fields, from medicine to literature to law. My first exposure to ancient Mesopotamia was in the sixth grade, and I encountered it again in a one-week summer class at the London Rare Books School in my mid-twenties. The class reignited my interest, and I decided to pursue the field full time. There are days when I wish I had pursued a different career (though I imagine many people feel like this from time to time), but on most days, I just feel lucky to have the freedom to study and teach something I love every day.
      If I may ask, what is your background and field of work or interest? (If you prefer to reply privately, please feel free to e-mail moudhy at gmail dot com.)
      Best wishes,


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