3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Literature Lounge
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About the Event

With the launch of the anthology It’s Not About The Burqa, editor and writer Mariam Khan has brought together essays by a variety of women about their experience of being a Muslim woman in the West today. She will be joined by two contributors, Afshan D’souza-Lodhi and Raifa Rafiq, to discuss the many faces of Muslim female identity and to speak frankly about the hijab, wavering faith, love, divorce, feminism, racism and more. This is such an important conversation for our times and one not to be missed.

About the Authors

Mariam Khan is a writer and activist. She is a contributor to Nikesh Shukla’s forthcoming anthology Rife: Twenty Stories from Britain’s Youth, writing on the policing and politicisation of Muslim women’s bodies. Mariam has written on feminism, Islam, publishing and identity for the Stylist,, Femsplain and

Raifa Rafiq is a writer and trainee solicitor at one of the leading international law firms in the UK. She is also co-creator and co-host of the Literature and popular culture podcast Mostly Lit – named by the Guardian and the BBC as one of the top podcasts of 2017. Most importantly, she is a proud Black Muslim Woman. When she is not working you can find her on her Twitter sharing her opinions on just about everything.

Afshan D’souza-Lodhi was born in Dubai and is of Indian/Pakistani descent. Afshan is a writer and performer. She writes plays, prose and performance pieces. She has completed residencies at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester Literature Festival and has worked with Eclipse Theatre, Tamasha Theatre Company and Paul Burston’s Polari. Afshan is currently Editor in Chief of TCS and sits on the board of Brighter Sound. Follow Afshan on twitter @ashlodhi or visit her website,


‘An incredibly important collection of essays that explores the pressures of being a Muslim woman today. These essays are passionate, angry, self-effacing, nuanced and utterly compelling in every single way’ NIKESH SHUKLA, EDITOR OF THE GOOD IMMIGRANT

‘A landmark anthology . . . frank and engaging essays on sex and religion, mental health in the Muslim community and queer identity from an impressive selection of writers and activists’ COSMOPOLITAN

‘Essential reading for our times. These essays are funny, angry, hopeful, sorrowful and inspired – and will leave you feeling much the same’ KIRAN MILLWOOD HARGRAVE, AUTHOR OF THE GIRLS OF INK AND STARS

‘An intelligent and much needed book’ RED MAGAZINE