The ‘Muslim woman’ evokes a whole host of fearful images: from obsession over garments, which has seen headscarves ripped off, to her repressed culture that denies freedom, she has become a prisoner of competing words.
The Things I Would Tell You intervenes in and dispels the narrow image of what a Muslim woman looks like, bringing together the works of over twenty women writers of Muslim heritage, from established heavyweights such as Ahdaf Soueif, Leila Aboulela and Kamila Shamsie, to young emerging artists such as Asma Elbadawi, Amina Jama and Nafeesa Hamid.
Edited by award-winning poet Sabrina Mahfouz, this unique anthology includes specially commissioned poetry, fiction and prose exploring questions of love, identity and belonging, as well as racism and the position of women. The Things I Would Tell You proudly showcases the talent and tenacity of these women writers, helping to widen the discussion about what it means to be a British Muslim woman today – in their own words.
About the Author
Contributors include: Kamila Shamsie, Ahdaf Soueif, Fadia Faqir, Leila Aboulela, Hanan al-Shaykh, Selma Dabbagh, Chiméne Suleyman, Nafeesa Hamid, Imtiaz Dharker, Shazea Quraishi, Aisha Mirza, Azra Tabassum, Triska Hamid, Asma Elbadawi, Shaista Aziz, Azra Tabassum, Aliyah Hasinah Holder, Hibaq Osman, Muneera Williams, Shireen Mula
About the Editor(s)
Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for her play Chef and her first play, Dry Ice, was directed by David Schwimmer. Her poetry has been performed and produced for TV, radio and film, including in the recent Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse on BBC2. Mahfouz has an essay in the award-winning The Good Immigrant and has published eight works of drama with Bloomsbury. She lives in London.