SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Lawson’s fear of sunburn may have inadvertently prompted the realisation that there is liberation in covering.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: At this wedding, one bride will – literally – become a princess. For their lives together, I wish them every happiness.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: With France’s anti-burqa law and less than encouraging words from European leaders, Muslims are feeling under pressure.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: In my heart, I am still four. I am still seventeen. I am still twenty one… Being a grown up brings privileges, but the best part is inside…
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: Dictators are particularly sensitive to the corrosive effects of humour. They’ve always taken it very seriously indeed…
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: I’d like to say I’m the kind of woman who hasn’t bought into the social pressure to conform. But I have.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Two corners of the Muslim world, two very different stories. On the one hand there is hope. On the other hand, despair…
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Adeptness in brutal suppression and torture are characteristics demanded of all dictators. One other vital characteristic is also required – maleness.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: The West’s understanding of Islam can be very limited, leading to some strange beliefs, and ever stranger questions for Muslims…
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Politics and marriage might seem worlds apart. But recent cases suggest there are more agendas than we might think.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: What does it mean to be an Islamic country? Today’s world is not so black and white, and glib categorisations make less sense than ever.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMED: Beneath my grumpy response to the start-of-year festivities, I await this year’s events with a nervous delight.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: And in the carol O Come all Ye Faithful, I changed the words “Christ the Lord” to “Allah the Lord”. No harm done, eh? I didn’t mean any disrespect, I simply loved the togetherness of it.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: When we lose hope innocence can prevail, and we no longer value the worth of our contributions, that is a cause for communal emergency.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: We secretly love the utterly trivial gossip that even diplomats exchange. My favourite? Sarkozy’s rabbit chasing…
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: We don’t hold women to male standards. Marriage is seen as an acceptable way to assert status. The woman need not have any of her own intrinsic merit, women are judged less on their talents
SHELINA ZAHRED JANMOHAMMED: Arranged marriages are a pro-active approach to finding a spouse, where the community, family and individual work together to locate someone who will make a life partner.
SHELINA ZAHRA JANMOHAMMED: Muslim women can not be simply defined by what they choose to wear. They share the same day-to-day concerns as non-Muslim women.