In 2016 David Cameron linked the radicalisation of Muslim men to the ‘traditional submissiveness’ of Muslim women.
Mariam Khan was sure she didn’t know a single Muslim woman who would describe herself that way. In 2019 Muslim women’s voices are still pushed to the fringes and the figures leading the discussion are white and male.
It’s Not About the Burqa is poised to change all that as 17 Muslim women speak 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.
One of those 17 women is Amna Saleem, a Scottish Pakistani writer. She loves comedy, meet-cutes and making people laugh and she thinks that racism is bad, feminism is good. Her parents are still waiting for her to get a real job. You can find her work in a number of places including Glamour, iNews and BuzzFeed. She can occasionally be heard on BBC Asian Network where she talks about mental health and the South Asian community. She can also be found procrastinating on Twitter @AGlasgowGirl
Amna's essay in the anthology is titled Shame, Shame, It Knows Your Name. In it, Amna writes about the issue of shame in the Muslim community and draws the conclusion that only when we start raising our sons like mere mortals can we truly begin to affect change.