It's Not About the Burqa

It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race

Hardback Published on: 21/02/2019
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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter? 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 didn't 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 women's 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, It's Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won't 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 Eltahawy's 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 D'souza-Lodhi's 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, it's all about the burqa. Here's what it's really about.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509886401
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 390g
  • Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 31 mm

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It's Not About the Burqa
Timely, exhilirating, necessary
This is a book filled with the voices of Muslim women - who we have been told are submissive, uneducated, oppressed and responsible for not preventing the ... READ MORE
Jane Skudder
It's Not About the Burqa
An important read
Funny, intelligent and refreshingly personal. I loved reading such honest and diverse accounts and really feel that this powerful collection of essays, by ... READ MORE
Megan at Waterstones Bristol Galleries
It's Not About the Burqa
So necessary and brilliant
Enjoying this collection of essays so much. So many different views and this is so needed.
Tahmina Begum
It's Not About the Burqa
Witty, Timely, Important
This book was fantastic! There are such a variety of essays in here that cover an array of topics and perspectives from muslim women. The authors' passion ... READ MORE
Lily at Poole
It's Not About the Burqa
Refreshing perspectives challenging stereotypes
Mariam Khan put together It’s Not about the Burqa to change negative perceptions associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia. She was confused as to why ... READ MORE