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It's Not About the Burqa

  • LIGHTHOUSE - Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop 43-45 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh, Scotland, EH8 9DB United Kingdom (map)

with contributors Amna Salem, Mariam Khan and Nadine Aisha Jassat

It’s Not About the Burqa is a stunning new anthology of writing by Muslim women whose voices are still habitually pushed to the fringes. The book is the perfect introduction to a wide range of hugely talented contemporary writers that we can all seek out and enjoy in their solo pursuits as well! We’re thrilled to welcome 3 contributors to explore passions, projects and platforming beyond the collection! Join us to hear from Poet Nadine Aisha Jassat, screenwriter Amna Saleem, and the editor and essayist Mariam Kahn.

Nadine Aisha Jassat is a poet, writer, and creative practitioner. She has been published widely online and in print, has performed widely, including at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Neu! Reekie!, and StAnza. In 2018, she received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers’ Award, as well as being shortlisted for the Outspoken London Prize for Poetry in Film and the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Her debut poetry collection Let Me Tell You This was published by 404 Ink in 2019.

Amna Saleem is a Scottish Pakistani writer and broadcaster. She loves comedy, meet-cutes and making people laugh and she thinks that racism is bad, feminism is good. Her parents are still waiting for her to get a real job. You can find her work in a number of places including Glamour, iNews and BuzzFeed. She can occasionally be heard on BBC Asian Network where she talks about mental health and the South Asian community.

Mariam Kahn is a British writer and activist, whose work has appeared in Stylist magazine, I-D & Metro- she is the editor of Picador's It's Not About the Burqa.


Featured Book

It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race, edited by Mariam Khan (Picador, 2019)

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