Afroze Zaidi-Jivraj

Postgraduate student in Theology at the University of Birmingham

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.
Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of

Affleck v. Harris and the Different Shades of Islamophobia

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 a particular brand of Islamophobia to the attention of the world - the kind peddled by we-love-liberalism-ers like Bill Maher and Sam Harris.
10/10/2014 15:22 BST
An Open Letter to Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Like It or Not, Niqab Ban Is

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

Dear Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, I feel compelled to write this letter in response to your recent article in the <em> Independent </em>addressing the topic of veiled Muslim women. The fact that such views were given space in the <em>Independent</em> is disappointing enough, but that they were made out as some sort of defence of Islam (the<em> right</em> kind of course, "progressive Islam") is even worse.
16/09/2013 12:23 BST