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Ruqaya Izzidien
Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specialising in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

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There's no Islamophobia in the Tory party

18 November, 2019

Comment: You can't root out something that you view as an attribute, a value and a pre-requisite for becoming prime minister, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Boris Johnson has a new superpower

18 July, 2019

Comment: For Johnson and his Islamophobic Tory party, bigotry has become something of a superpower, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

No Eid Mubarak for Londoners with Trump in town

04 June, 2019

Comment: Each time we entertain this lecherous, racist uncle at Great Britain's dinner table, we signal that his views are acceptable, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

IS bride Shamima Begum is Britain's problem

18 February, 2019

Comment: Britain created the circumstances under which Begum chose to leave. This is our mess to clean up, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

World Hijab Day promotes visibility, not meaningful progress

01 February, 2019

Comment: Let's look forward to the day when World Hijab Day no longer exists, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

The Swiss man who said 'Allahu akbar'

14 January, 2019

Comment: Fined for saying 'Allahu akbar'? Freedom of speech, but not for Switzerland's Muslims, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Netflix evolves from entertainer to censorship enforcer

03 January, 2019

A large portion of Minhaj's cutting monologue is aimed squarely at destroying the once-popular narrative of Mohammed bin Salman as a reformist, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Arabs must confront anti-blackness, and Fares' Goumi proves it

15 December, 2018

Comment: Myriam Fares' latest music video feeds into anti-blackness, with few Arabs calling the Lebanese pop star out for the racist narrative in Goumi, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Muslim women don't need Israeli supermodels for 'freedom'

01 November, 2018

Comment: Israeli clothing brand Hoodies' latest advert suggests that women wearing the hijab can't be happy or free, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Serena Williams is being held to impossible standards

11 September, 2018

Comment: Williams is held to a different standard than her white, male counterparts both because she's a woman, and because she's black, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

The British are failing to integrate in Spain

04 September, 2018

Comment: Ruqaya Izzidien takes a satirical look at Brits who fail to integrate abroad.

Immigrants don't need to integrate, you do

29 August, 2018

Comment: Integration - an already problematic concept that should be abandoned in favour of acceptance - is a myth, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

Ruqaya Izzidien
Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specialising in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

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