EDIT: disclaimer that this is from my perspective in Britain and primarily about rhetoric here and in other Western European/North American contexts. The hijab, burqa, burkini, FGM, ‘honour killings’ and ‘forced marriages’ are familiar tropes when it comes to thinking about migration and Islam in ‘the West’. Their prevalence represents the slippage between ‘women’s rights’ and questions of national borders and religion, reflecting the way … Continue reading Why are we obsessed with Muslim women?
This week marks the beginning of my year of studying (Postcolonial Studies) at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) in London. Though practically unheard of by many, SOAS has a reputation for being a very political space and an institution with appreciation for critical and sometimes radical analysis and thought. To my mind, entering this space would be jumping from one extreme experience of … Continue reading SOAS vs Cambridge
Content notes: Discussion of Orlando shooting, LGBTQ+ violence and discrimination, Islamaphobia. Today is the eighth day of the month of Ramadan. Ramadan has always been an important, the most important, month (Islamic calendar month) for me as a Muslim. It provides a time for me to really reflect on my faith more than I do in day to day life and a chance for me to … Continue reading Islam and my politics