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Introducing our new spotlight feature where we'll be bringing you amazing new literary content by poets and writers of colour. This week's spotlight is on Sadiyah Bashir's Seven.
Read about the realities of being a black Muslim woman in America as Bashir takes us on a journey of turning trauma into triumph.
THAWRA'S POETRY PICK OF THE MONTH
Check out Amina Beg! The Manchester-based writer, and spoken-word poet wrote International Supermarket as part of her project: ‘You Make Us Hate Our Neighbours’. This poem unpacks the role of the British government in handling the pandemic and how they attempt to pinpoint blame on minorities.
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Part 3 of a 4 Part Series: Literature is Still Catering for The Orientalist Gaze
White Saviour Complex and The Muslim Woman
White men saving brown women from brown men. Thank you, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. This is the narrative that has haunted Muslim women for decades within widely acclaimed literature. Where is her agency? Can the ignorance of tropes fix the ignorance of culture? Where do white women stand in the equation? Join Asia Khatun as she explores the harmful positions Muslim women have been put in due to colonialism, Orientalism and white saviour complex.
REVIEW: The Girl with the Louding Voice
This coming-of-age story set in Nigeria features Adunni, our fourteen-year old protagonist and the first-person narrator of this story. We follow her as she seeks an education and independence, something her late mother instilled in her. However, after her mother’s death, she is coerced into marrying a much older man.
Daré does well to show a strong, young girl who is determined to build a better life for herself and genuine relationships, despite living in a culture designed to keep her from succeeding.
Part 2 of a 4 Part Series
Literature is Still Catering for The Orientalist Gaze: Muslim Masculinity and Violence
Masculinity: traditionally an attribute that shapes the way we see our male leads, harbouring many cultural norms and tells – one being the connection between masculinity and violence. Unfortunately, where this is exacerbated is on the matter of Muslim masculinity and its connection with violence, which has become a common trope within literature, and exponentially in any form of media since 9/11.
REVIEW: The Blinding Absence of Light
Based on the true recounts, This Blinding Absence of Light is a window into the suffering of the fictional Salim, who in 1971 took part in a failed coup to overthrow King Hassan II of Morocco. Despite claiming to have had no prior knowledge of the plot, Salim was sentenced to 10 years in prison and secretly transferred to a hidden desert ‘tomb’ where he remained for 18 years.
This novel is intensely moving, one that shows how one may find solace in God even when the body and the mind are at breaking point.
Part 1 of a 4 Part Series
Literature is Still Catering for The Orientalist Gaze
This narrative of stereotyping Muslims as the ‘Other’ and as terrorists has been reinforced by every medium, from print media to television to literary fiction – all of which come together in mobilising the minds of Western citizens as they elect their chosen representatives who carry out their foreign policy interests.
Les Femmes Du Maroc by Lalla Essaydi
Halima Aden Exposes Fashion's Illusive Promise of Diversity
The first hijab-wearing model on the cover of Sports Illustrated, appearances on the Burberry catwalk... With a glowing track record, she had set herself on a rapidly-moving upwards trajectory,
but now the model has made the decision to remove herself from
CRITICAL REVIEW: Twilight of Democracy
A melange of the political and the personal, the book takes us behind the curtain of the demagogues of the past and the present, as well as the motivations of their supporters. Starting in Poland, but swiftly travelling across Europe and the USA, Applebaum name drops her famous friends and provides details her conversations with them. It is precisely this “insider account” which is makes the book unique and fascinating, but also lends itself to some criticism.
Brown Skin Girl
This coloniser complex, this love-hate relationship with whiteness creates an irresolvable complex – to be white or not to be white? It's only in the past decade where I have slowly seen a mass change in attitudes surrounding colourism and racism. In the Western world, I believe a large part of it is because of how far the black empowerment movements have progressed in educating a society that was hellbent on miseducating itself.
REVIEW: The City of Brass
The first in the Daevabad trilogy, this book is told from the perspectives of two characters: Nahri and Alizayd. Nahri, an orphaned con artist in 18th century Cairo, summons a Djinn and learns the truth about her past. Ali is a prince of Daevabad, conflicted between his own morals and faith. As we travel with Nahri through danger-filled expeditions and watch Ali navigate political and moral dilemmas, the extent of the Chakraborty’s commitment to constructing this world is revealed.