Its Not About the Burqa - Mariam Khan - 9781509886425 - Pan MacMillan

Its Not About the Burqa - Mariam Khan - 9781509886425 - Pan MacMillan

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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?
Its Not About the Burqa is an anthology of essays by Muslim women about the contemporary Muslim female experience.In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalization of Muslim men to the traditional submissiveness of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didnt know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim, nor female?Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim womens voices are still pushed to the fringes - the figures leading the discussion are white and male.Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, Its Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you wont see represented in the national news headlines: seventeen Muslim women speaking frankly about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about feminism, queer identity, sex, and the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country. With a mix of British and international women writers, from activist Mona Eltahawys definition of a revolution to journalist and broadcaster Saima Mir telling the story of her experience of arranged marriage, from author Sufiya Ahmed on her Islamic feminist icon to playwright Afshan Dsouza-Lodhis moving piece about her relationship with her hijab, these essays are funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, and each of them is a passionate declaration calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia.What does it mean, exactly, to be a Muslim woman in the West today? According to the media, its all about the burqa.Heres what its really about.Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the YearAn incredibly important collection of essays that explores the pressures of being a Muslim woman today . . . passionate, angry, self-effacing, nuanced and utterly compelling in every single way - Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good ImmigrantEngrossing . . . fascinating . . . courageous - Observer

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