By Haanyah Cassam
I’m sorry. I have found that our relationship has always been fraught with misunderstanding, upset, and anger. I often found myself blaming you for perceived failures - when I felt that I had failed because I was measuring you up to the standard of others. I struggled to see that you were there in everything that I accomplished because for too long I focused on what had gone wrong. I should have kept an eye out for you. Every time I thought I failed I should have seen you, showing me that I was on my way to accomplishing my goals, with every ‘failure’ I was a step closer to achieving.
By Imaan Irfan
“Do you shower in that?”
“Does it hurt when you stick those pins inside your head?”
“What do you call it…the head robe?”
It’s been just over four years since I first attempted to clumsily drape a scarf over my hair. I failed the first time, rather tragically. A swathe of cloth trailing down my back, I looked more like an Asian granny than a teenager bent on making a feminist statement…
Sara Saigol reflects on the topic of our last residential, 'A Tale of Two Civilisations', where we had a crash course in Islamic history