Saturday, March 20, 2010


Rachel Aspden: Women and the Dowra

Rachel Aspden is a British Journalist who travelled to the annual Dowra course in Tarim, Yemen a couple of years ago.

Her article is worth a read, she makes some interesting observations about her time there. As the Dowra Applications usually open in the spring of each year, her sharing may help women who are thinking of travelling out there.

My journey to the heart of Islam

The Guardian, Saturday 24 October 2009
What is life like in a madrasa and why are young western women drawn to a life of strict religious discipline?

Rachel Aspden was asked politely but firmly to cover up.
Photograph: Ralph Gobits

In the ancient cemetery of the desert town of Tarim, in south Yemen, a crowd of young women shrouded in black nylon are .....

Read the rest of the article here.

Dowra Sharings:

Sharing 1 - On Sharing

Sharing 2 - A Visit to Shaykha Sultana

Sharing 3 - Importance of Wednesday

Sharing 4 - Habibs & Hababas

Sharing 5 - Advice From Habib's Mother

Sharing 6 - On Arrival

Sharing 7 - Caprice, Lower Self, Desire - Part 1

Sharing 8 - Caprice, Lower Self, Desire - Part 2

Sharing 9 - Feeling Worthless


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