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It's Not About the Burqa


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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

About the Author

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.


An incredibly important collection of essays that explores the pressures of being a Muslim woman today. These essays are passionate, angry, self-effacing, nuanced and utterly compelling in every single way -- Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant
Wide-ranging . . . engrossing . . . fascinating . . . these essays take a courageous and panoramic view of Muslims * Observer *
A landmark anthology . . . frank and engaging essays on sex and religion, mental health in the Muslim community and queer identity from an impressive selection of writers and activists * Cosmopolitan *
Essential reading for our times. These essays are funny, angry, hopeful, sorrowful and inspired - and will leave you feeling much the same -- Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
An intelligent and much needed book * Red Magazine *
It's about pushing past the stereotype placed on Muslim women and hearing the individuals themselves; it's required reading * Stylist *
Refreshing, insightful and occasionally raw, It's Not About the Burqa is a phenomenal collection of essays by a very diverse range of Muslim women. An absolute must read for anyone wanting to better understand the lives and experiences of Muslim Women in the West. -- Akeela Ahmed
The result is It's Not About the Burqa, 17 brilliantly wide-ranging essays covering everything from the rise of the sexualised Islamic influencer, to the Quran's take on bisexuality - and of course insidious, ugly Islamophobia * i News *
Forget the ravings of politicians and pundits, hear from voices who have real, lived experiences across religion, feminism, sex, love and identity, and turn to this nuanced and wide-ranging collection * Emerald Street *

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