Aina Khan

Aina Khan

Aina J Khan is a journalist focusing on race, faith and identity. She's reading a masters in religion in politics at SOAS.

Arts & Culture

A portrait of Othello as a black Muslim tragic hero

Adaptation explores religious roots of Shakespeare's Moor of Venice as director says play is warning about 'otherising'.

A portrait of Othello as a black Muslim tragic hero

United Kingdom

The Bodyguard's female Muslim bomber character stirs debate

Around 11 million watched The Bodyguard finale, the latest UK show to draw criticism over inclusion and representation.

The Bodyguard's female Muslim bomber character stirs debate

Yemen

Yemen's epic coffee revival: From war to hipster New York cafes

A San Francisco native rekindled cultivation in Yemen and did not let a war come between him and his American dream.

Yemen's epic coffee revival: From war to hipster New York cafes

Voices

Mohamad Hafez: Homesick Syrian artist makes miniature war scenes

New Haven-based architect recreates the streets of Damascus in tiny form, with the living and dead side by side.

Mohamad Hafez: Homesick Syrian artist makes miniature war scenes

Racism

Britain's black Muslims: Ignored, discriminated and resisting

Mostly of African or Caribbean background, black Muslims are raising awareness of the centrality of blackness to Islam.

Britain's black Muslims: Ignored, discriminated and resisting

England

Grenfell: 'Don't dig dagger deeper by not taking responsibility'

Residents and community activists call for justice one year after fire ripped through 24-storey tower, killing 72.

Grenfell: 'Don't dig dagger deeper by not taking responsibility'

Religion

Open Iftar tent attracts hundreds in the UK

Since its inception, Open Iftar has hosted 50,000 guests in seven universities across four continents.

Open Iftar tent attracts hundreds in the UK

Human Rights

Without a trace: Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Victims' families allege law enforcement authorities of abducting and detaining hundreds of opposition activists.

Without a trace: Enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Poverty & Development

Grenfell inquiry set to begin

The investigation has been criticised for failing to represent survivors of the deadly fire.

Grenfell inquiry set to begin

United Kingdom

Body of Mariam Moustafa flown to Egypt for burial

Mariam Moustafa suffered a brain haemorrhage after being attacked in the UK city of Nottingham on February 20.

Body of Mariam Moustafa flown to Egypt for burial

United Kingdom

Activists launch 'Justice for Rohingya' campaign in London

A legal campaign launched to initiate prosecution of Myanmar officials behind alleged crimes against humanity.

Activists launch 'Justice for Rohingya' campaign in London

Europe

Stephen Lawrence: Murder that shook UK's racial dynamics

April 22, 1993, killing of black man by five white youths laid bare Met Police incompetence, corruption and racism.

Stephen Lawrence: Murder that shook UK's racial dynamics