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It's Not About the Burqa

Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
Written by: Mariam Khan
Narrated by: Mariam Khan, various
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter? 

In 2016, Mariam Khan read that David Cameron had linked the radicalisation of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women. Mariam felt pretty sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. Why was she hearing about Muslim women from people who were neither Muslim nor female?

Years later the state of the national discourse has deteriorated even further, and Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes - the figures leading the discussion are white and male.

Taking one of the most politicised 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: 18 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. Funny, warm, sometimes sad and often angry, each of these essays is a passionate declaration, and each essay is 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.

This audiobook is read by the contributors from the book including: 

  • Mariam Khan
  • Yassmin Midhat Abdel-Magied
  • Amna Saleem
  • Malia Bouattia
  • Saima Mir
  • Salma El-Wardany
  • Salma Haidrani
  • Jamilla Hekmoun
  • Raifa Rafiq
  • Coco Khan
  • Sufiya Ahmed
  • Nafisa Bakkar
  • Mona Eltahawy
  • Nadine Aisha Jassat 
  • Afshan D'souza-Lodhi.  
©2019 Mariam Khan (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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It was fascinating to hear the perspectives of Muslim women with diverse socio-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds. Their viewpoints are showcased in a nuanced manner with empathy and wit. This was extremely enriching. Thank you Audible

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  • 16-06-19

Stories well told

Real and relatable stories, loved how each was told in its own different ‘voice’.

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  • Mrs N Forbes
  • 21-02-19

A wonderful selection of personal & vital response

I couldn't stop listening, and finished the book in a sitting.I wish I could gift this book to so many other women, Muslim and non-Muslim. A truly relevant rendition of women's experiences in the Uk today.What an amazing and courageous group of Intelligent, erudite, eloquent women giving voice to the oft misunderstood .

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  • 07-01-20

A must read!

Fantastic book, such an insightful collection of different muslim women from such a broad spectrum of backgrounds, including engineering and STEM work.

Really informative and helped me to understand the lives of Muslim women and particularly British Muslim women more. Feel much more clued up about Islamnin general and how to tackle social issues in the muslim community

A must read for any femenist or anyone interested in learning about the muslim community, especially from a womens perspective

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  • 11-07-19

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  • Arlene Finnigan
  • 22-05-19

Great collection

This is a great, diverse collection of Muslim women's voices. The main recurring themes seem to be the danger of conflating culture and religion, and of seeing Islam as a homogenous group, and the work that mainstream feminism needs to do to be more inclusive.

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  • 09-04-19

Stunning

Stunning in its breadth and the space allowed for Muslim women to speak their truth.

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  • shafkat m.
  • 28-03-19

Eye opening

As a Muslim man in his 20's I know have a better understanding of what Muslim women go through and has increased my understanding about different types of people. My only criticism is that it was too short. An eye opening book like this should be read by all regardless of weather you are muslim or not, or if you are a woman or not.

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  • 04-12-19

Amazing read for Muslim and non Muslim listeners

I loved hearing the perspectives of these diverse Muslim women! They discuss interesctional feminism, cultural expectations of women in Muslim countries vs Islam's expectations of women, western representation and many more contemporary issues!