Shamim Chowdhury
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Shamim Chowdhury is a print and television journalist. She has written for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express. All views are expressly her own.

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My Ordeal in the Hands of Ukrainian Immigration Officials

(0) Comments | Posted 22 April 2014 | (11:02)

Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through...

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The Day I Met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

(1) Comments | Posted 3 January 2014 | (15:48)

The day I met Sheikh Hasina, I thought for a fleeting moment she was one of my aunts. She smiled at me in that distinct, maternal manner I associate only with Bangladeshi women of a certain age; her silk sari wrapped neatly around her body, her hairline revealing no attempt...

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There Is No Compulsion in Islam to Wear the Niqab

(5) Comments | Posted 16 September 2013 | (15:42)

It often strikes me as noteworthy that the vast majority of female Muslim commentators who argue in favour of the niqab do not wear the full-face veil themselves. Yvonne Ridley, Salma Yaqoob and Myriam Francois-Cerrah are but a few who immediately spring to mind.
All these women fully cover...

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Reconnecting With the Past - A British-Bangladeshi Returns to the Land of Her Ancestors

(6) Comments | Posted 5 August 2013 | (12:53)

It is often said that the descendants of immigrants who hail from unfamiliar cultures are condemned to exist in the hinterlands of society, belonging nowhere, forever in search of a tangible identity to call their own.

Many of us whose ancestors lay claim to faraway lands will have felt this...

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British Media Still See Muslims As Easy Targets

(3) Comments | Posted 29 January 2013 | (21:53)

Sections of the British media have always been guilty of anti-Muslim bias and scaremongering, but the recent coverage of one particular story and its subsequent fall-out suggests that even the more broadminded newspapers and broadcasters are quick to jump on an 'easy' Muslim story.

Some weeks back, The Sun...

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Why as a Muslim I Celebrate Christmas

(291) Comments | Posted 23 December 2012 | (23:00)

For the fifth year running, I will be at work on Christmas Day. But while the thought of spending the most important day in the Christian calendar in the office will fill most people with horror, I am actually looking forward to it.

The reason? As the person tasked with...

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All Arranged Marriages Need To Be Addressed, Not Just Forced Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted 11 June 2012 | (20:36)

As far as attention-grabbing headlines go, forced marriage must surely be up there with the best of them. The two words alone form a neat juxtaposition that encapsulates the extremes of humanity; to force is to subjugate, to remove one's right of choice, to violate one's individuality. Marriage, meanwhile, is...

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The Labour Party Has Failed British Asians - That's Why Some Turn to the Likes of George Galloway

(41) Comments | Posted 3 April 2012 | (10:18)

It is generally accepted that George Galloway's unexpected win in the Bradford West by-election was largely due to his cynical exploitation of an impoverished and marginalised community. However, it is patronising to assume that Britain's Muslim population is so disengaged from the country's mainstream politics that the only language it...

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