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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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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.

Rihanna's Moroccan Spice eyeshadow: Shades of cheap Arab tokenism

13 July, 2018

Comment: It's a slippery slope between appreciation and appropriation, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

You can't take Islamophobia out of the Tory party

05 July, 2018

Comment: An inquiry into Tory Islamophobia would be futile; it's a cornerstone party value, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

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.

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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