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The personal experiences of women living within Muslim families and societies.
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The predator and the police

I still remember the day like it was yesterday. My mother had been diagnosed with late stage cancer. I was feeling utterly disillusioned with the world. I asked my husband to drive us to an isolated beach, somewhere far away…

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I want to check into a convent

I used to feel a little anxious around women I felt were too covered up. I can see it again with my kids, either when they walk past the nuns in the convent close to home, or in the women’s…

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Coping with the contradiction

You struggle, as an ex-Muslim migrant. The anti-migrant lot don’t want migrants. The pro-migrant don’t want ex-Muslims. You are left to yourself, so you have to work – and hard. Proving yourself The people who are impressed enough to call…

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The contradictory life of an ex-Muslim migrant

A good part of the population are saying goodbye to religion and choosing a life of rationality, reason and secularism in today’s world. From one religion in particular – Islam – young people are increasingly taking a completely different path from…

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Tell it or hide it?

‘If you don’t define yourself, someone else will.’ That is the tagline on Nadir Nahdi’s Youtube channel, Beni. It makes me think. A lot. It sounds really good: an anthem for the ethnically diverse millennial. But it makes me wonder…

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COVID-19 and the division of labour

Before I proceed with my personal experience of the gendered division of labour during the era of the coronavirus pandemic, which reflects the microcosm of a single household, I would like to add an important disclosure. The views and characters…

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Changing the script on romance

Before Lockdown 2.0, my boyfriend and I went to a comedy show in our local manor in South London. The need to socially distance meant the crowd was intimate – 16 of us squished onto little tables in a cafe,…

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Girl

‘You wouldn’t like it if I called you a boy, would you?’ This was my response to a sexist, condescending, middle-aged man I had the misfortune to work with once. His response was ‘In my culture here in the UK…

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Memories of Turkey: Accents

I grew up in Turkey. This is what I remember. There were several accents… and some stood out more than others. My paternal grandmother spoke in what is known in Turkey as ‘Istanbul’ Turkish. There was a melody to it….

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Virgin desires

In conservative societies in the MENA region there are a whole set of tools devoted to keeping a girl a ‘virgin’ – not just sexually, but in all aspects of life. Young girls must not open their eyes to anything…

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Guilty prayers

When I was nine years old I naively committed to praying namaz five times a day. This  commitment quickly transitioned from a choice to a responsibility. My motivation for prayer turned from childish excitement to guilt from missing a prayer….

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Soft powers

Soft powers is an exhibit that builds upon work and themes that I’ve been exploring for the past four years. These include coming of age, nostalgia, and the tensions of growing into adulthood within a diasporic community – relayed specifically…

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