“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you distort justice or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that you do.” [Surah al-Nisa: 135]
‘the brown hijabi’
Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet, speaker and educator invested in unlearning and interrogating narratives around race, gender, Islamophobia, state violence, and colonialism. She is the author of her debut poetry collection, ‘Postcolonial Banter’ (Verve Poetry Press, 2019); co-author of the anthology, A FLY GIRL’S GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY: Being a woman of colour at Cambridge and other institutions of power and elitism (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), and host of the Breaking Binaries podcast. Suhaiymah has written for The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, the Independent and more.
She was the runner-up of the 2017 Roundhouse national poetry slam, short-listed for the 2018 Outspoken prize for performance poetry, and her poetry has over 2 million online views, has been featured on University and school syllabi and she has been invited to speak and perform internationally and nationally across all main national media outlets (BBC, ITV, Sky TV etc.) as well as at music festivals, TEDx conferences, Universities, poetry nights and more. Suhaiymah regularly facilitates workshops and gives lectures and talks. All of her work is rooted in Islam and her duty to her creator, Allah.
Suhaiymah founded this blog anonymously in 2014 with the aim to create space: space for her voice and space to be able to think. That space and her voice/thinking have changed/grown over the years but the archive remains as a testament to the fact that life is a learning process.
Suhaiymah was born in Bradford, raised and state-schooled in Leeds, and with a background in History at Cambridge University, and an MA in Postcolonial Studies from SOAS – alongside a wider education from Islam and the knowledge of women of colour and anti-systemic thinkers from across the world – she regularly writes, speaks, performs and workshops on Islamophobia, racism, feminism and poetry both nationally and internationally.
Talk & Workshop topics include:
‘Finding Your Voice’ – poetry workshop; Islamophobia 101; Beyond the Good Muslim/Bad Muslim Binary; Critical Feminism/The Collusion of Feminism & Islamophobia; What is “Britishness”? – as well as more general poetry-writing workshops for high schoolers – and more customised workshops upon your request. See examples of past talks (including her TEDx talk) here.
Suhaiymah’s talks and workshops have been delivered to high schools, colleges, University students and youth groups in the UK as well as student societies, mosques and independent community spaces nationally and internationally. Email if you would like a workshop delivered in your organisation or society and we can work forward from there.
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