Second Edition of SIHA Journal is now available!

The second Editional of the SIHA Journal "Women in Islam" is now available, and - alternatively contact SIHA Network via and secure yourself a copy. 

The SIHA Journal  is an annual publication that is available in both English andArabic versions in bookshops throughout East Africa.
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Questions raised by the crisis in the Muslim Horn of Africa demand answers. What happened to the region's diversity, fascinating cultural dynamics, and tolerance? Three decades of war in places like Somalia and Sudan have lead to the disappearance of state structures, with the instability of the region influencing the Sahel, East and Central Africa, and beyond. The swift spread of militant ideology based on select interpretations of Islam is a reflection of this deepening crisis. Central to it is the unyielding belief in the need to control and demean women and girls and dictate the ways in which they live their lives. This notion is met with both lack of awareness and great bewilderment. The SIHA Journal: Women In Islam glances at the prolonged crisis through the lens of the devastation of women's lives and highlights their resilience and struggle against subjugation under militant Islam. Addressing a broad base of readers, the Journal is rich and accessible, presenting alternative discourses of Islamic interpretations and reflections on women's human rights in the Horn of Africa via a selection of profound writings by prominent Islamic thinkers, activists, and young writers punctuated by poetry, art, and compelling personal narratives by women and men from the region. The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) is a regional network of women's civil society organizations active in the Horn of Africa - including Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Somaliland, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda - since 1995 . SIHA implements capacity building programs to grass roots civil society, provides direct support for women in conflict and post conflict situations, and promotes women's human rights. SIHA's publications are key sources of knowledge and serve as are valuable tools for professionals, activists, human rights defenders, humanitarians, donors, policy makers and the population at large.

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Women in Islam,” focuses on selected countries in the Horn of Africa which are most affected by the recent surge of militant and restrictive interpretations of the Islamic religion, leading to an invigorated and further entrenched environment of female subjugation.

 “Women in Islam” is about disseminating alternative discourses of Islamic interpretation on women and human rights and doing so through an accessible medium which will appeal to a broad audience of women and men. The journal maintains a balance between education and hum our and contains carefully selected original contributions and essays, book reviews, short stories, art, scholarly reflection, and interviews. It will specifically touch on women’s rights in Islam, the veil, marriage and divorce, adultery, women’s political participation, and women’s status in society. The thoughts and research presented in the journal are generated from credible Islamic scholars and writers both from the Horn of Africa and across the globe. 

The Journal will be launched during different events in the beginning of March in Nairobi. You can contact SIHA Network through to get updates on the events.  Download preview here