How a new book subverts condescending stereotypes about Muslim women

6/12/2020 8:31:00 PM

Muslim Women Are Everything, the new book by @DoctorYasmin, takes joy in flipping stereotypes on their head

Muslim Women Are Everything, the new book by DoctorYasmin, takes joy in flipping stereotypes on their head

Muslim women can be ambitious, lazy, cruel, hilarious and more – and Seema Yasmin’s book Muslim Women Are Everything shows it all.

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Second, Yasmin was careful to include the stories of Muslim women whose stories are a little ambiguous: she resists the urge to flatten them out into one-dimensional positive female role models. “Muslim women can be warmongers too!” says Yasmin. “I’m not saying we’re perfect. I’m saying that we get to be everything – and sometimes those are controversial things.”

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You may also like What it’s really like to be the only Muslim in a small English village At first glance, some might wonder if the book inadvertently perpetuates the ‘Muslim women doing things’ genre of content that Yasmin so dislikes, instead of acting as a rejoinder to it. But two things ensure this isn’t so.2 feet tall black man. First, it’s actually written by a Muslim woman – as opposed to a non-Muslim journalist who seems surprised by the achievements of women who share Yasmin’s faith. This new book, New Nordic Houses , published by Thames and Hudson, would be the ideal read. Second, Yasmin was careful to include the stories of Muslim women whose stories are a little ambiguous: she resists the urge to flatten them out into one-dimensional positive female role models.” He added: “I feel guilty for not sharing this part of my journey sooner. “Muslim women can be warmongers too!” says Yasmin. Norman, a Jamaican immigrant, settles in the Black Country in the late 1950s and battles racism, disability and personal conflict.

“I’m not saying we’re perfect.” An ITV spokesperson told the BBC:"We are concerned to have read Vas's recent comments about Towie , and got in touch with him yesterday evening in the hope we can discuss the issues he's raised at his earliest convenience. He describes that cosy feeling that they all generate as ‘Nordic warmth’, and traces it back to the Nordic modernists of the 20th century – think Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Bruno Mathsson – who adapted the International Style to the Scandinavian climate and culture with an inherently crafted architecture. I’m saying that we get to be everything – and sometimes those are controversial things.” The Iranian racing driver Laleh Seddigh, depicted in Muslim Women Are Everything Yasmin was also adamant that the book would represent women who were disabled, part of the , or who didn’t come from South Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds – aka “all the women people don’t think about when they think of Muslim women”. It was particularly important that she highlight the achievements of black Muslim women. The book is divided into chapters ‘Rural cabins’, ‘Coastal retreats’, ‘Townhouses’ and ‘Country homes’ corresponding to typology, scale and locale – the Scandinavian landscape varies dramatically from coastlines, fjords and isles, to forests, woodland and prairies and each house, there are over 40, included in the book is sensitively site specific to its location. One in five Muslims in the US alone is black , yet “the exclusion and erasure of black Muslims has been happening for a long time,” Yasmin says.

With that in mind, black Muslim women feature prominently in the book, from R&B singer SZA to the Hausa queen Amina and the Senegalese feminist author Mariama Bâ. You may also like 17 UK anti-racism charities and organisations you can support right now Yasmin believes it is vital that people don’t “artificially disconnect” the Black Lives Matter movement from the movement against Islamophobia: “There are so many overlapping injustices. Photography: © 2019 Pasi Aalto / pasiaalto.” The mood in the US at the moment is tense, she adds. “People are on edge, people are really sad and angry.” In pre-pandemic times, the protests would be international news, but factor in coronavirus and the situation feels both overwhelming and galvanising. A number of houses are off-grid with ambitions to touch the ground lightly with carefully engineered structural systems.

“It’s like, ‘Oh, maybe this is a moment where something will actually shift,’” she says. “I think a lot of people are new to this rage and new to this concept of police brutality. But black people in America are saying: ‘This has been happening, this isn’t new. § Weekend House, Sildegarnsholmen, Norway, by Knut Hjeltnes Sivilarkitekter, 2016.’” The difference now is that white people are attending Black Lives Matter marches in large numbers “or watching their TV screens and seeing ,” she continues. “So it’s a really significant moment.

” Singer SZA, as depicted in Muslim Women Are Everything Ultimately, Yasmin hopes that people who read the book will “see the breadth of who Muslim women are”. Photography: Marc Goodwin The Gotland Summerhouse in Sweden by an architectural team of Jens Enflo and Morten Vedelsbøl with Enflo Arkitekter and DEVE Architects. “We can be lazy, we can be problematic, we can be ambitious, we can be successful, we can be failures. Some of us wear hijab, while some of us will fight for the right to never wear hijab,” she says. “Sometimes we’re all of those things at one time. We are piles of contradictions because we are human – and we get to be all of it.

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