The Brown Hijabi:
22 year old Muslim woman and third-generation Pakistani migrant to the UK. Born in Bradford, raised and state-schooled in Leeds, graduated from a history degree at Cambridge University, studying Postcolonial Studies at SOAS 2016-2017.
I blog about politics, race, gender, feminism, Islam, being visibly Muslim, Eurocentric academia, decolonising minds/bodies and more. The aim of this blog is to create space. Space for my voice and space to be able to think.
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.
In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences. Of what had I ever been afraid? To question or to speak as I believed could have meant pain, or death. But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end. Death, on the other hand, is the final silence.
I was going to die, if not sooner then later, whether or not I had ever spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you
And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength. Because the machine will try to grind you into dust anyway, whether or not we speak. We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.
it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.”
– Audre Lorde
In relation to writing, featuring, speaking, performing poetry or other use the following:
– Fly Girls of Cambridge blog, https://flygirlsofcambridge.com/.
– The Independent, ‘Burkini Ban’ article, 24/08/2016.
– The Cambridge Student, ‘Taste of Ramadan’, 5 week column, 2014.
– Wandsworth Radio, ‘She Speaks with Katy Davis’, 11/12/2016.
– BBC Asian Network, ‘Soch of the Week’, from 2:15:00, 19/1/2017.
– sister-hood, ‘Nothing ‘neutral’ about the hijab ban’, 28/03/2017.
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