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It's Not About the Burqa: Calling time on lazy stereotypes

  • The Guardian London N1 9GU (map)

What does it mean to be a Muslim woman in the West today? Join our panel, with writer and activist Mariam Khan; writer, solicitor and co-creator of the Mostly Lit podcast Raifa RafiqSufiya Ahmed, author and public speaker on girls’ rights; engineer and social advocate Yassmin Abdel-Magied and chair, Guardian writer Coco Khan, as they explore this question.

Tired of hearing about the Muslim female experience from people who were neither female nor Muslim, Mariam Khan decided to take control of the rhetoric. It’s Not About the Burqa is an anthology of essays from 16 Muslim women, which does away with lazy stereotyping and misogyny to explore with searing honesty, humour and anger, the individual and collective experiences of Muslim women.

Mariam, Raifa, Sufiya, Yassmin and Coco, who contributed to the collection, will each read a short excerpt from their essays, presenting the foundations for an invigorating and impassioned discussion about race, religion, representation, and preconceptions of identity and intersectionality.

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.

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