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

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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?

It's Not About the Burqa started life when Mariam Khan read about the conversation in which David Cameron 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 demonstrably neither Muslim nor female?

Taking one of the most politicized and misused words associated with Muslim women and Islamophobia, It's Not About the Burqa has something to say: twenty Muslim women speaking up for themselves. Here are essays about the hijab and wavering faith, about love and divorce, about queer identity, about sex, about the twin threats of a disapproving community and a racist country, and about how Islam and feminism go hand in hand. Funny, warm, sometimes sad, and often angry, each of these essays is a passionate declaration, and each essay is calling time on the oppression, the lazy stereotyping, the misogyny and the Islamophobia.

It's Not About the Burqa doesn't claim to speak for a faith or a group of people, because it's time the world realized that Muslim women are not a monolith. It's time the world listened to them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154 x 233 x 21mm | 344g
  • PICADOR
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Air Iri OME
  • 1509886389
  • 9781509886388
  • 41,112

Table of contents

Introduction - i: Introduction by Mariam Khan


Chapter - 1: 'Too Loud, Swears Too Much and Goes Too Far' by Mona Eltahawy
Chapter - 2: 'Immodesty is the Best Policy' by Coco Khan
Chapter - 3: 'The First Feminist' by Sufiya Ahmed
Chapter - 4: 'Tearing Off the Label' by Amena Khan
Chapter - 5: 'On the Representation of Muslims: Terms and Conditions Apply' by Nafisa Bakkar
Chapter - 6: 'The Clothes of My Faith' by Afia Ahmed
Chapter - 7: 'Life was Easier Before I was Woke' by Yassmin Midhat Abdel-Magied
Chapter - 8: 'There's No Such Thing as a Depressed Muslim' by Jamilla Hekmoun
Chapter - 9: 'Feminism Needs to Die' by Mariam Khan
Chapter - 10: 'Hijabi (R)evolution' by Afshan D'souza-Lodhi
Chapter - 11: 'Eight Notifications' by Salma Haidrani
Chapter - 12: 'Shame, Shame, It Knows Your Name' by Amna Saleem
Chapter - 13: 'A Woman of Substance' by Saima Mir
Chapter - 14: 'A Gender Denied: Islam, Sex and the Struggle to Get Some' by Salma El-Wardany
Chapter - 15: 'How Not to Get Married (or why an unregistered nikah is no protection for a woman)' by Aina Khan OBE
Chapter - 16: 'Not Just a Black Muslim Woman' by Raifa Rafiq
Chapter - 17: 'Between Submission and Threat - the British State's Contradictory Relationship with Muslim Women' by Malia Bouattia
Chapter - 18: 'Daughter of Stories' by Nadine Aisha Jassat
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About Mariam Khan

Mariam Khan is an intersectional feminist, diversity-in-books pusher and freelance writer. She is the editor of It's Not About the Burqa, an anthology of essays by Muslim women.
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