Author of “Love in a Headscarf”
An Oxford graduate who grew up in North London, Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is a writer with many credits to her name, particularly as the author of Love in a Headscarf a memoir that concerns her life as a Muslim woman in England. Janmohamed has also written articles for British publications like The Times, The Guardian, The National, The Muslim News, and Emel Magazine. Her articles tend to focus on, like her other writing, Islam and current affairs, particularly Muslim women in the West. Janmohamed is also behind Spirit21, an award-winning online blog where she explores the relationship between Muslim men, women, culture, and society. Love in a Headscarf provides a humorous take on growing up a Muslim woman in England, including an amusing account of the process of proposals. She wrote the book in response to the numerous works concerning dejected Muslim women and her work crosses genres of memoir and “chick lit” to create a frothy but ultimately relevant work. Through her work, Janmohamed wishes to nudge Islamic culture away from the stigma that has coalesced around it, while offering insight into the daily lives of Muslim women in England. Janmohamed was named one of the 100 most influential women in the United Kingdom.