Who are you?

Yassmin Abdel-Magied against a teal brick wall, smiling and looking out to her left. She is in a grey turban, pink long earrings, and a painted jean jacket. The photo is cropped at her torso.

Who am I? Well, what might be more useful to you is not who I am, but why I do what I do.

I’m interested in social justice, people, and power. I believe that systems of oppression should be interrogated, challenged and dismantled, and am constantly looking for how to do this to the best of my ability. I believe in Islam, and the ethics of transformative justice that I believe it espouses. I hold myself accountable to these standards, and believe that one day Allah will too. I write because I know not what else to do, the craft has been a constant in my life since I was before double-digit-years-old. I ran away from writing, from the truth it demanded of me, for many a year. I hid in Formula One, on oil rigs, on TV. Alas. One can only outrun what is written for them for so long.

So, here I am. Writing, in one form or another. Here, I give myself the space (for now) to write outside the bounds of commission, deadline, brief. I am curious to see how it’ll pan out, what it means to share one’s thoughts in long form again on one’s own terms, without second guessing every sentence, victim to hyper-vigilance wrought by trauma. Indeed, the fall will probably come again. But, I guess that’s the point of picking yourself back up, right?

You can find out more about me here: yassminam.com. In the meantime, if you enjoy what I write, or find something resonates, please tell a friend, and then tell me. It’s lonely out here…


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Yassmin Abdel-Magied | يا سمين

Mechanical Engineer turned Writer. “Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin” 4:135 she/her