Cut From the Same Cloth
By Sabeena Akhtar (editor)
A ground-breaking collection of essays written by British hijabis
Publication date: May 2021Support this project
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Perceived as the visual representation of Islam, hijab-wearing Muslim women are often harangued at work, at home and in public life yet are rarely afforded a platform of their own.
In books and in the media we are spoken on behalf of often by men, non-hijabis, and non-Muslims. Whether it is radical commentators sensationalising our existence or stereotypical norms being perpetuated by the same old faces, hijabis are tired. Too often we are seen to exist only in statistics, whilst others gain a platform off the back of the hostilities we face.
Cut from the Same Cloth seeks to tip the balance back in our favour. The collection will feature essays from 15 middle and working class women of all ages and races who will look beyond the tired tropes exhausted by the media and offer honest insight into the issues that really affect our lives. From modern pop culture to anti-blackness, women’s rights, working life; this first of its kind anthology will examine a cross-section of British hijabis and the breadth of our experiences. It’s time we, as a society, stopped the hijab-splaining and listened to the people who know.
It's time for change.
This anthology will include essays from Sabeena Akhtar, Ruqaiya Haris, Khadijah El ShayyalAsha Mohammed, Fatha Hassan, Hodan Yusuf, Khadijah Rotimi, Mariam Ansar, Negla Abdalla, Raisa Hassan, Rumana Lasker, Shaista Aziz, Sofia Rehman, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Suma Din, Sumaya Kassim and Yvonne Ridley.
Sabeena Akhtar is a Writer/Editor and an Arts and Culture programmer working across a variety of literary festivals. She is the Festival Coordinator of Bare Lit, the U.K’s principal festival celebrating remarkable writers in the diaspora. A co-founder of the Primadonna Festival which spotlights the work of women writers, the Primadonna Prize for writing and Bare Lit Kids, the UK’s first children’s festival showcasing the work of writers of colour. She is also Senior Programmer at the WOW Foundation. A keen advocate for Partition commemoration, in 2017 she partook in the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and alongside her daughter, filmed a programme on the Partition of India for children. She has since been invited to discuss the subject on various media outlets. She has published a wide variety of work including a children’s book on Islamophobia published by Hachette and is currently working on her debut novel. She is a mother of four. Controversially for this topic, Sabeena does not have a PhD in Gender Studies or Women living under Fatamid rule. She has never been a counter terrorism advisor, an ex-Muslim, travelled extensively around the Middle East; or whatever else qualifies someone to speak on behalf of Muslim women. She has however, been a hijab-wearing Muslim woman for most of her adult life, which hopefully suggests some level of expertise in the area!
You can find Sabeena tweeting at @pocobookreader
- 25th June 2018 Meet the Cut From the Same Cloth Contributors! PART 2
One of the best things about working on this project has to be all the immensely talented women I get to meet and work with. This month, we will be introducing you to some of them as we profile our Cut From the Same Cloth contributors.
Every pre-order received, takes us one step closer to platforming these brilliant writers and sharing their highly anticipated essays with you! …30th May 2018 Meet the Cut From the Same Cloth Contributors!
One of the best things about working on this project has to be all the immensely talented women I get to meet and work with. This month, will be introducing you to some of them as we profile our Cut From the Same Cloth contributors.
Every pre-order received, takes us one step closer to platforming these brilliant writers and sharing their highly anticipated essays with you!
Shaista Aziz…8th March 2018 Open Submission Opportunity!
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Inspired by the lack of representation of hijab-wearing Muslim women in publishing, editor, Sabeena Akhtar has teamed up with Unbound to bring together 15 new and established…
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