The national discourse on Muslim women so rarely features voices from actual Muslim women, often pushing their perspectives to the fringes. To combat this, It’s Not About the Burqa, a new anthology of essays by Muslim women about the contemporary Muslim female experience, centres voices you won’t see represented in the national news headlines.

Contributors Saima Mir and Raifa Rafiq discuss their contributions to the volume in a conversation chaired by editor Mariam Khan. The experience of today’s Muslim women goes far beyond the burqa and, as this panel will attest to, it’s time for those women to gain control of the narratives surrounding their lives.

About The Host

Mariam Khan

Mariam Khan is a writer and activist. She is a contributor to Nikesh Shukla’s forthcoming anthology Rife: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth, writing on the policing and politicisation of Muslim women’s bodies. Mariam has written on feminism, Islam, publishing and identity for the Stylist and Metro.co.uk.

About The Speakers

Saima Mir

Saima Mir is an award-winning journalist. She started her career at the Telegraph & Argus and went on to work for the BBC. She is a recipient of theCommonwealth Broadcast Association’s World View Award, and has written for numerous publications includingThe Times and The Independent. Saima’s essay for the Picador book It’s Not About The Burqa appeared in Guardian Weekend and received over 250,000 hits over two days.

Raifa Rafiq

Raifa Rafiq is a trainee solicitor, a writer and the co-host of the multi award winning podcast Mostly Lit. Raifa has appeared at Cheltenham Literature Festival amongst others, and interviewed authors for BBC Sunday Morning Live and Waterstones. She has written for The Guardian, iNews, Stylist Magazine and Amaliah.