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It's Not About the Burqa It's Not About the Burqa by Mariam Khan
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“things were a lot easier when I wasn’t woke. Or perhaps they were easier because I wasn’t woke.”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
“Mine is a single person's lived experiences. An experience full of contradictions, imperfections and incongruities, but my lived experience nonetheless. Part of the journey, for me, is owning the inconsistencies in myself and my stories- we cannot change past perceptions, but we can certainly reflect on them, own them, and commit to growing from them. We must cultivate compassion for our past selves, trusting that we did the best we could at the time, while simultaneously striving to do better”
Yassmin Midhat Abdel-Magied, It's Not About the Burqa
“We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
“I believe the role of the writer is to tell society what it pretends it does not know.”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa
“When a woman is ‘too much’, she is essentially uncontrollable and unashamed. That makes her dangerous.”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
“Writing is dangerous because we are afraid of what the writing reveals: the fears, the angers, the strengths of a woman under a triple or quadruple oppression. Yet in that very act lies our survival because a woman who writes has power. And a woman with power is feared.1”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race
“Revolutions 'go too far': if your community is ready for you, then you are too late. You must challenge your community. You must throw down the gauntlet of freedom to your community and dare it to accept. Revolutions are by nature uncomfortable. They are meant to discombobulate.

How else would the status quo be overthrown? Revolutions rattle the privileged and discomfort the complacent. They are never about the comfortable majority. Rather, it is always the minority, especially those who are caught by the intersection of multiple oppressions, who instigate and inspire.”
Mariam Khan, It's Not About the Burqa