'Required reading' Stylist
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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?
Writer and activist Mariam Khan found herself increasingly exposed to a national discourse which felt intent on marginalizing Muslim women's voices, pushing them to the fringes and all but eradicating them from the landscape. So Mariam felt like it was time for something new. After all, why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were 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 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. 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.