It´s Not About the Burqa is the brainchild of Mariam Khan, a twenty-four-year-old activist determined to create a new narrative where Muslim women write about their lives outside the parameters of the expectations projected on them. The book will take back the narrative around Muslim women: here Muslim women will speak for themselves, be they feminist, queer, wear the hijab, believe one must be Muslim in culture as well as in faith, or whether they´re standing up to speak about what education, power and feminism mean for Muslim women. It´s Not About the Burqa doesn´t claim to speak for a faith or a group of people, but it does present us with a varied series of passionate, female voices - exactly the voices we need to be hearing.
Muslim women on faith, feminism, sexuality and race Mona Eltahawy Coco Khan Sufiya Ahmed Nafisa Bakkar Afia Ahmed Yassmin Midhat Abdel-Magied Jamilla Hekmoun Mariam Khan Afshan D´souza-Lodhi Salma Haidrani Amna Saleem Saima Mir Salma El-Wardany Aina Khan Raifa Rafiq Malia Bouattia Nadine Aisha Jassat
A Muslim punk house in Buffalo, New York, inhabited by burqa-wearing riot girls, mohawked Sufis, straightedge Sunnis, Shi´a skinheads, Indonesian skaters, Sudanese rude boys, gay Muslims, drunk Muslims, and feminists. Their living room hosts parties and prayers, with a hole smashed in the wall to indicate the direction of Mecca. Their life together mixes sex, dope, and religion in roughly equal amounts, expressed in devotion to an Islamo-punk subculture, ´´taqwacore,´´ named for taqwa, an Arabic term for consciousness of the divine. Originally self-published on photocopiers and spiralbound by hand, ´´The Taqwacores´´ has now come to be read as a manifesto for Muslim punk rockers and a ´´´´Catcher in the Rye´´ for young Muslims.´´ There are three different cover colors; red, white, and blue.