Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj
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I completed my first degree in English Language and Literature and am now doing an MRes in Religious Studies at University of Birmingham. I have also previously worked in academic research administration and management. Along with studying, raising a family, writing and social networking, I also volunteer my time with Muslim media outlets as well as our local mosque. Issues facing Muslims and other ethnic/religious minorities in Britain particularly interest me, along with other major issues in British and global politics.

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Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

(2) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (04:13)

I never thought I would live to write the words that will follow, but here goes. I am grateful to Ben Affleck. Not particularly for his outrage or his insights on Bill Maher's show, which, albeit entertaining, were not exactly all that insightful, but more so for bringing...

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Ten Rants for the Week From a Muslim Woman

(32) Comments | Posted 27 October 2013 | (00:31)

Sometimes, pent up frustration over the week that was can only be let out in short bursts of plain-clothed obviousness. Here are ten rants intended to do just that.

1. There is no such thing as "Muslim terrorism", "Islamic terrorism", or "Islamic-only terrorism", nor has there ever been....

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An Open Letter to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Like It or Not, Niqab Ban Is Racist

(6) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (02:18)

Dear Yasmin Alibhai-Brown,

I feel compelled to write this letter in response to your recent article in the Independent addressing the topic of veiled Muslim women. The fact that such views were given space in the Independent is disappointing enough, but that they were made out as some...

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The Real Reason British Women Are Turning to Islam (And It's Not Because They Aren't Modern)

(86) Comments | Posted 31 January 2013 | (13:30)

'Make Me a Muslim', a documentary on British women who have converted to Islam which aired on BBC3, addresses an issue that continues to be mulled over following on from the 2011 census results. The documentary looked at women from varied racial, ethnic and social backgrounds, and gave...

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Are Muslims Just Too Sensitive? Some Reflections after 'Citizen Khan' and 'Untold Story'

(4) Comments | Posted 2 September 2012 | (03:46)

Anyone who watches television, or uses on-line social networks, will know that it has been a contentious week for British Muslims. From the BBC sitcom 'Citizen Khan', which piloted on bank holiday Monday, to Channel 4's 'Islam: The Untold Story' which was broadcast the following day, both Islam and Muslims...

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A Critical Examination of C4's 'Islam: The Untold Story'

(63) Comments | Posted 30 August 2012 | (15:43)

It seems of late that every change of seasons brings with it another documentary on Islam; this time it was one by Tom Holland, an academic in the field of religious history. Perhaps it was Holland's academic background that made me look forward to watching this- an academic, I thought,...

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