Hujum: the Implications of Soviet Gender Policy in Central Asia, by Bella Brown

At the dawn of Stalin’s rule, the Soviet state envisaged a new, unwaveringly socialist Central Asia. The Uzbekistan Communist Party declared a hujum (assault) in Central Asia that attacked Muslim women’s practice of veiling their faces in late 1926. The party alleged this proposal was launched to free women and create a more equal society when in reality, it was part of the Soviet Union’s ideology of scientific atheism, an anti-religious policy.

The Aba Women’s Rebellion, by Molly Davies

The Aba Women’s Rebellion in 1929, also known as the Women’s War, marked a significant development in anti-colonial resistance achieved by women in Nigeria. Following a period of restriction upon women’s participation in the political sphere, as well as newly imposed taxes, this nonviolent protest was the first major organisation of peasant women in West Africa and it is seen largely as a prelude to the later nationalist movements in Africa.

Was the war of independence a liberating experience for Algerian women? by Sarah Hamdani

From Hussein Dey’s surrender on the 5th of July 1830 until its independence in 1962, Algeria belonged to the French Empire. Though the main recognised constituents of its war of independence were indeed men, to gloss over the efforts of women during this fight would be to ignore the torture they had endured to see their country free once again.

The Ottomans: A Measured Tolerance, by Sammy Riaz

During the later years of the empire, the Ottomans were overtly portrayed by Europeans as callous and tyrannical autocrats who subjugated Christians in the Balkans. Such narratives portrayed the Ottomans as a brutish Islamic empire, whose only ambition was to persecute its Christian minority. Such a notion is not entirely accurate, as it fails to depict the actual relationship the empire had with its minorities.