Zainab Khan defines herself as “a human being” who happens to be a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, a mentor, a Muslim… Someone for whom her heritage is “very important, because that’s the story I’m able to preserve”. Her father was from Afghanistan, her mother was Indo-Pakistani and she was born and raised in the US, so she feels like a “third spacer”.
The outspoken journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy thinks everyone has the “right to offend”, just like everyone has the right to “protest offence”. She suffered censorship crudely enough in the past, and therefore defends tackling white supremacism as well as patriarchy by fighting back. Peacefully.
Ilhan Omar y Rashida Tlaib have made history in these Midterm elections in the United States by becoming the first two Muslim women to be elected to Congress. The first one arrived as a Somali refugee at the age of 8 after fleeing the civil war in her native country; the second, was born in Detroit as the daughter of Palestinian immigrants.
George W. Bush and his ‘war on terror’ is not the only precedent to Donald Trump’s measures against Muslims and Arabs. It has been building up for the last decades in the United States, researchers have exposed this Wednesday in a panel celebrated at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES) in the Spanish city of Seville.