|Launched to much critical acclaim, Emel has gone from strength to strength both in terms of coverage (featured recently on BBC World, for example) and more importantly quality of content. The latest issue (March/April 2004) is no exception and is, if you have not already obtained your copy, well worth a read.
With the ongoing furore over Hijab, the current issue focuses in on the meanings associated with and ascribed to the Muslim woman's head-covering. Opening with Sarah's moving account of her own dynamic relationship with Hijab, the focus shifts to explore the historic, sociological and political importance of this piece of cloth through articles on 'Orientalist Fantasies', 'What Women Want' and 'The New French Resistance'.
Numerous other issues are discussed, hitherto seldom found between the covers of a Muslim magazine. The onset of Spring and the annual pleasures of planting and tending to one's garden are explored in the article 'Spring is in the air
' Accompanying the piece are stunning high-quality images of Marigolds, Celosia and Thunbergia.
For those in search of spiritual guidance, who better to turn to than the internationally-respected Dr Jamal Badawi who shares his thoughts about life on Mount Nur.
There are also articles profiling Dr Maleeha Lodhi's role as Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK, an exploration of the causes of earthquakes, discussion of the everyday mundane issues such as marriage and the 'Diary of a Young Mother'.
With articles and reviews on subjects ranging from interior design, travel, sport, literature, music or simply dressing well for an occasion there is something in Emel to suit most tastes and sensibilities.
Well-researched and beautifully produced this is at last a Muslim magazine of which we as British Muslims can really be proud.
Emel can be purchased on line via the Emel Magazine website at £4.50/issue