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I'm really excited to contribute to Cut From The Same Cloth, an edited collection that centres the voices of British Muslim women and speaks of our hopes, fears, angers and joys. Recently, Channel 4 made the (unsurprising) decision to run a programme called My Week As a Muslim, where they took an 'ordinary' white woman (cos lord … Continue reading Writing our own stories: Cut From the Same Cloth
This is an edited version of a talk given at the Inclusive Mosque Initiative's "Raise Your Gaze" event on 16th September 2017. I’m going to use Black feminism to talk about how we can better care for and centre the needs of those that we ignore or push to the sidelines of society. I … Continue reading Centring Black Muslims and Black Feminism: On Anti-Blackness (again!)
This talk was given on 18th March 2017 during the "Black Feminism, Belonging and the Nation" Conference at Birmingham City University. Thank you for inviting me to speak at this event, and to engage in what have already been several productive (and compassionate) discussions regarding Black feminisms, belonging and the nation. Although our panel is … Continue reading BCU Black Feminisms Event: Citizenship and Rights
Talk given on 30th July 2016 at Living Islam Festival This conversation has to begin by discussing the way hijabis and niqabis as ‘Visibly Muslim’ women have become central objects of Islamophobic language and action. There is a particularly frustrating white feminist desire to “unveil” and “free” the Muslim woman. Other than the weapons of … Continue reading Is feminism a white movement?
Looking forward to speaking about the meanings of Black History in Britain as part of a roundtable discussion hosted by the Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures (BRIHC). I will be speaking about the ways in which Black studies (or more specifically, understandings of Blackness) need to encompass Black Muslim bodies. I've been interested by some … Continue reading The Meanings of Black History in Britain and Beyond, 17th November 2016
Prepared as part of Sheffield Black History Month, 7th October 2016, Sheffield Hallam University.. I need to begin with Evelyn from the Internets clip on Lemonade because it summarises why I and so many Black women fell in love with Beyoncé’s visual album. I find it incredibly difficult to write this presentation since I can and have spent … Continue reading Why I love Beyoncé’s Lemonade