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Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specializing in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English, and her upcoming novel is entitled The Watermelon Boys.

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Prevent is the virus, not the vaccine

15 June, 2018

Comment: The doctor-patient relationship should be one of trust, not an opportunity for the government to monitor political beliefs, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

I don't need your suhoor makeover, MAC

28 May, 2018

Comment: MAC's 'glamorous suhoor' makeup advert exposes its complete lack of understanding of Muslims and Ramadan, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

It's time to banish the word 'terrorism'

26 March, 2018

Comment: A new war on 'terrorism' should be declared, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Theresa May must tell MbS to end male guardianship

06 March, 2018

Comment: Rather than celebrating Mohammed bin Salman's baby step reforms, Theresa May should amplify the voices of Saudi women calling for the abolition of male guardianship, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

'Black Panther' shows Muslims too, can escape tokenism

20 February, 2018

Comment: Black Panther's characters are coincidentally black, rather than crudely pigeonholed. It's time their Arab and Muslim counterparts enjoyed similar representation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Spare us the World Hijab Day tokenism

13 February, 2018

Comment: The FCO event reminds us that Muslims are only ever discussed in binary. We are secular, liberated and good, or religious, extreme and bad, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

The hijab is a chip on Britain's shoulder

05 February, 2018

Comment: Dentists, star bakers and newsreaders. Seeing these perfectly British women as a stain on the fabric of society reveals a widespread problem with the hijab, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

The Nike Pro Hijab: A tried and tested review

05 January, 2018

Ruqaya Izzidien puts the Nike Pro Hijab through its paces while cycling, running, weightlifting and playing American football to see whether it really lives up to it's hype.

Reintroducing colonialism won't rewrite history

05 January, 2018

Comment: The 'It wasn't all bad' argument put forward by privileged, establishment white men, is just another way of saying it wasn't bad for us, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Muslims are not your 'cup of tea' this Christmas

25 December, 2017

This Christmas will see the first advert with the aim of challenging the misconception that Muslims are anti-Christmas, but there's been an faux-pas in the presentation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien

Trumps tweets prove it's open season on Muslims

29 November, 2017

Comment: Trump's tweets represent a clear trend of the right wing's selective outrage that has been boosted by his presidency, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Quizzing schoolgirls in hijab highlights Ofsted's false morality

20 November, 2017

Comment: Ofsted's move is not about equality for Muslim girls, but policing brown bodies; ensuring we can control Muslims in Britain, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Ruqaya Izzidien
Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specializing in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English, and her upcoming novel is entitled The Watermelon Boys.

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