Dr. Seema Yasmin is an Emmy-Award winning journalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She and Fahmida Azim, illustrator whose artwork appeared on NPR, Dallas News, and a number of books and graphic novels, coauthored Muslim Women Are Everything: Stereotype-Shattering Stories of Courage, Inspiration, and Adventure. They talk with Sara Jamshidi about what inspired them to publish the book.
Muslim Women are intelligent, funny, and game changers
Muslim Women Are Everything, is a full-color illustrated collection of riveting, inspiring, and stereotype-shattering stories that reveal the beauty, diversity, and strength of Muslim women both past and present.
Seema was tired of seeing Muslim women portrayed as weak, sheltered, and limited. With the help of her friend Fahmida, she reframed how the world sees Muslim women.
Featuring 40 full-color illustrations by illustrator Muslim Women Are Everything is a celebration of the ways in which past and present Muslim women from around the world are singing, dancing, reading, writing, laughing, experimenting, driving, and rocking their way into the history books.
Forget subservient, oppressed damsels—say hello to women who are breaking down barriers using their art, their voices, and their activism, including:
- Tesnim Sayar from Denmark, a Muslim goth-punk who wears a red tartan mohawk on top of her hijab
- American superstar singer SZA
- Nura Afia, CoverGirl’s first hijabi ambassador
- Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, America’s first Muslim congresswomen
- Ilyana Insyirah, a hijaab-wearing scuba-diving midwife from Australia
Showcasing women who defy categorization, Muslim Women Are Everything proves that to be Muslim and a woman is to be many things: strong, vulnerable, trans, disabled, funny, entrepreneurial, burqa or bikini clad, and so much more.
Dr. Seema Yasmin
is an Emmy-award winning journalist who was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize, medical doctor, professor, and poet. She attended medical school at Cambridge University and worked as a disease detective for the U.S. federal government’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. She currently teaches storytelling at Stanford University School of Medicine, and is a regular contributor to CNN, SELF Magazine, and Scientific American, among others.
is an illustrator, graphic designer, storyteller, and tea-drinker, whose artwork centers around themes of identity, culture, and personal autonomy. She currently works as a designer and illustrator in Seattle. Today, her art can be seen on NPR, in the Dallas News, in a number of books and graphic novels in development, and more. Visit Fahmida-Azim.com for a full portfolio of work.
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