Author: DBM

The Times

UK prisons are failing to tackle Islamist extremism

The leaked report of a review into the prevalence of extremism in UK prisons reveals that the Ministry of Justice is failing to address the spread of Islamism among convicted criminals. Hate literature that was being “routinely distributed”  in at least ten prisons was “misogynistic and homophobic” in nature, and encouraged “the murder of apostates”. The...

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Mainstream hijab fashion dismisses the reality of women’s experiences

Having followed news about the onset of global hijab fashion trends and ‘modest’ clothing lines, I am conflicted about whether the normalisation of Islamic attire is a good step forward or whether in reality it dismisses the brutal experiences of some who wear hijab. When I used to wear it,...

Leaving Islam, Losing Family

Leaving Islam, Losing Family

I have been thinking a lot about suffering lately. I am suffering a great deal because I am trying to come to terms with life without my family. They simply can’t deal with the fact that I am no longer Muslim, and that my spiritual exploration has led me to...

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The Double Bind: Battling Misogyny, Fighting Racism

Double Bind features predominantly female writers from a Muslim background who understand what it’s like to face oppression based on gender within our communities, and discrimination based on faith or skin colour outside of it. We have taken full ownership of the fact that misogyny and extremism exist in our communities. All too often we...