“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 Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage from the UK. She was born in Bradford, raised and state-schooled in Leeds, graduated from a history degree at Cambridge University and master’s in Postcolonial Studies at SOAS.
Suhaiymah is a writer, spoken-word poet, speaker, playwright and founder of www.thebrownhijabi.com. Her work focuses on politics, race, gender, Islamophobia, intersectionality, Eurocentric academia and decolonising minds/bodies. She has been featured in The Independent, on BBC Radio stations, ITV, The Islam Channel, TEDx conferences, festivals, US slams and UK universities. She is a Roundhouse fellow for 2018, runner up of the 2017 Roundhouse Poetry Slam and was short-listed for the 2018 Outspoken Prize for Performance poetry. Her poem, This Is Not A Humanising Poem, has 2 million views online and has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, Icelandic and Urdu. All Suhaiymah’s activism is rooted in Islam.
Suhaiymah founded this blog anonymously in 2014 with the aim to create space: space for her voice and space to be able to think.
Suhaiymah will be contributing to an anthology of essays by hijab-wearing women in Britain called Cut From The Same Cloth. Click to guarantee yourself a copy of the book and support the groundbreaking collection of essays which stand in the face of hijab-splaining and tokenisation.
To perform Suhaiymah’s first ever play download, “A Coin In Somebody Else’s Pocket” commissioned by Theatre Uncut as part of their “Power Plays” which are access-free to perform (on a not-for-profit basis) until the end of 2018.
Talk & Workshop topics include:
Dissecting Islamophobia, Beyond the Good Muslim/Bad Muslim Binary, Women’s Empowerment, Critical Feminism, The Collusion of Feminism & Islamophobia, Structural Racism and Nation-States, The Purpose of “Britishness”, and more customised workshops upon your request.
These have been delivered to high schools, sixth form residentials and youth groups in the UK as well as colleges, mosques and independent community spaces in the USA. Email if you would like a workshop delivered in your organisation and we can work forward from there.
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You can also now become a patron of Suhaiymah’s work, supporting her on a monthly basis in order to access unseen and newly-written poems, or early-access to new works at patreon.com/thebrownhijabi. Click for more info.