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Ruqaya Izzidien


Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specialising in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English.

Comment: Genuine dialogue requires a respectful space, and if you're not white, you won't find it on Barnett's Woman's Hour, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

23 February, 2021

Comment: You can't root out something that you view as an attribute, a value and a pre-requisite for becoming prime minister, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

18 November, 2019

Comment: For Johnson and his Islamophobic Tory party, bigotry has become something of a superpower, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

18 July, 2019

Comment: Each time we entertain this lecherous, racist uncle at Great Britain's dinner table, we signal that his views are acceptable, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

04 June, 2019

Comment: Britain created the circumstances under which Begum chose to leave. This is our mess to clean up, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

18 February, 2019

Comment: Let's look forward to the day when World Hijab Day no longer exists, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

31 January, 2019

Comment: Fined for saying 'Allahu akbar'? Freedom of speech, but not for Switzerland's Muslims, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

14 January, 2019

A large portion of Minhaj's cutting monologue is aimed squarely at destroying the once-popular narrative of Mohammed bin Salman as a reformist, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

03 January, 2019

Comment: Myriam Fares' latest music video feeds into anti-blackness, with few Arabs calling the Lebanese pop star out for the racist narrative in Goumi, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

15 December, 2018

Comment: Israeli clothing brand Hoodies' latest advert suggests that women wearing the hijab can't be happy or free, writes Ruqaya Izzidien.

01 November, 2018