Shereen Malherbe

The wandering novelist


January 2016

Where are all of our voices? The lack of Muslim Narratives in Western Literature

Discussed on British Muslim TV and available to view on air from February 11th, 5pm-6pm. Here is a summary of my thoughts on why we need diverse, authentic narratives to break into mainstream. The contributions Muslim women make to society are being missed... Continue Reading →


#Traditionally Submissive: Cameron’s Initiative, Language Barriers and Discrimination

I am assuming David Cameron’s ‘plans to “help” more Muslim women to speak fluent English’ were supposed to come across as a positive move? How can this education programme be seen as anything but positive when learning the country’s language... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Nevien Shaabneh’s ‘Secrets Under the Olive Tree’

'This week, I am excited to write about Secrets Under the Olive Tree, a book about a Palestinian-American girl written by a female Palestinian-American author. As a passionate champion of diverse narratives, I think it is incredibly important to have... Continue Reading →

Iqbal Al Assaad-Doctor or Refugee?

  'I am incredibly proud of Iqbal Al Assaad. The news of her being possibly one of the youngest doctors in the world has been in and out of the media over the last few years. Her story is not... Continue Reading →

Burka’s and Books

Thank you for sharing your personal experiences. It is important to have this dialogue and be involved with other sisters who may have been feeling the same as you. I too, wonder how covering has or will impact negatively on... Continue Reading →

An interview with author, Shereen Malherbe

What inspired you to write this book? 'I visited Palestine and stayed with my family in the West Bank. One day, my husband and I were strolling through the streets and we saw a blacked out tourist bus pull up.... Continue Reading →

Undercover ISIS: Why a lack of women scholars puts us at danger

'A common reason for people seeking to be part of groups is to feel included in the community and to find similar people of their religious group and background. However, people I know in the Muslim community have become nervous... Continue Reading →

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