IT’S NOT ABOUT THE BURQA
I’m a Contributing Author of several Non-Fiction books.These include the Amazon #1 and The Guardian Bookshop best-selling anthology ‘It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race’, published by Picador in 2019.
‘It’s Not About the Burqa’ was featured in a number of leading titles in the UK and beyond including The Guardian, The Observer, Cosmopolitan UK, New Statesman, Reuters, Refinery29UK, HUNGER, AnOther, Stylist, i, Sydney Morning Herald and more.
My essay, ‘Eight Notifications’ was featured in a number of articles published in DAZED, Refinery29UK, Media Diversified and Asian Voice as well as a number of book reviews by book bloggers, including this, this, this and this. I also regularly receive messages across my various social platforms from readers across the world from Egypt, The Netherlands, Spain to Australia discussing my contribution.
I’ve also spoken at a number of literary festivals across the UK, including Birmingham Literature Festival in 2019, Kenilworth Arts Festival in 2019 as well as Foyles Charing Cross Road for the Paperback Launch of 'It's Not About the Burqa' in 2020.
INATB is a multi-award-nominated book. In 2019, it was shortlisted for the Foyles Non-Fiction Book of the Year. In 2020, INATB was nominated for the #VisionaryHonours 2020 Book of the Year, alongside Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo and Malorie Blackman.
My essay has received critical acclaim in a number of articles and reviews:
“Salma Haidrani’s chapter in this collection of essays gives a brief shout out to halal sex shops selling gelatine free lube and sex toys” – DAZED
“‘Eight Notifications’ by Salma Haidrani, a writer and journalist looks at how she has been trolled on social media for writing about Muslim women. She considers how this has changed her behaviour in terms of safety whilst keeping her voice, a sobering tale of people trying to silence women” – Book Corner Halifax
‘We cannot underestimate the power of the political agenda... that Muslim women are submissive, oppressed and passive. A great example of how wrong this stereotype can be is depicted in another great essay by Salma Haidrani...now [she] does not sound like a submissive Muslim woman to me!’
THE ISLAM BOOK: BIG IDEAS SIMPLY EXPLAINED
I’m also a Contributing Author of ‘THE ISLAM BOOK: Big Ideas Simply Explained’, published in the UK, the U.S. and Canada by Penguin Random House’s DK Books in 2020. It's available now at Foyles and Waterstones in the UK or Barnes & Nobles in the U.S.
I was commissioned to write the chapters 'A Feminist Islam?' and 'Muslims in the West', touching on themes including exploring whether feminism and faith can ever co-exist, sex and Islam, anti-Muslim sentiment in the West, the first female imams in Europe and the U.S., whether Islam is incompatible with European values and the challenges millennial Muslims face reconciling national identity and faith.
You can order ‘THE ISLAM BOOK’ here.