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Haar Minaret: An online community platform, network and archive

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The last two decades have shown an increasing need of Muslims seeking religious communities and spaces free from discrimination, exclusion, violence, and oppression, as well as those who seek inclusive, critical Muslim communities otherwise.

This has become particularly apparent through the creation of inclusive or women’s mosque initiatives across the globe, as well as through the increasing amount of (theological) literature being published on subjects such as Islam and gender or on the ambiguity existing within the Islamic tradition.

Inspired and motivated by this trend, and as a response to both her own need and that of others, Alina founded an autonomous collective called “Haar Minaret” in 2017 in The Netherlands. Since then, this space has been serving as a safe and inclusive spiritual haven for whomever is in need of it.

The project encompasses four components:
  1. A website will be used to create an online community that increases the visibility and will ensure access for those who are in need of this space.
  2. Documentation of the gatherings and on-going conversations will form the basis of an online archive to enable staff to anonymously share the content of the gatherings and archive past activities as well as share reflections.
  3. The online community will allow for the manifestation of an independent and autonomous voice and for participants to be active creators of their own narrative and represent themselves. This will take the form of articles, pieces of art, and other forms of creative expression.
  4. This online platform will transform the on-going creative and collaborative conversations into an online toolkit whereby language is created and constructed through which daily Muslim experiences on the margins can be articulated.

It will serve as a tool to process personal challenges and traumas as well as a method to amplify the ideas, thoughts, and experiences expressed during the gatherings.

 

Updated November 2022