It's Not About the Burqa

Mariam Khan

4.33 based on 1000 ratings & 177 reviews on Goodreads.com

2019 Nominee

Foyles Non-fiction Book of the Year

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06 February 2020
9781509886425
272 pages
Synopsis

When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?

Shortlisted for Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year.
'Engrossing . . . fascinating . . . courageous' – Observer

When writer Mariam Khan found herself increasingly frustrated with a national discourse that marginalized Muslim women’s voices, she decided it was time for something new. Why was she only hearing about Muslim women from other people? Why weren’t Muslim women given the chance to speak for themselves?

It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that. Here are voices you won’t see represented in the 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 is a passionate declaration calling time on oppression, lazy stereotyping, misogyny and 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.

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