Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien

Ruqaya Izzidien is a British-Iraqi freelance writer specialising in social and cultural affairs. Her work has been published in The New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC and Al Jazeera English, and her upcoming novel is entitled The Watermelon Boys.

Europe

It is time to teach colonial history in British schools

Growing up in Britain, I knew nothing of the many crimes the British Empire had committed against my Iraqi ancestors.

It is time to teach colonial history in British schools

Israel

L'Oreal does not celebrate diversity

Muslim women are only allowed in to the white world of beauty if they accept to toe the line.

L'Oreal does not celebrate diversity

Environment

Calling on Muslims to make Hajj greener

Hajj is the largest pilgrimage on the planet, but if it is to endure, environmentally-friendly measures are needed.

Calling on Muslims to make Hajj greener

Environment

In search of an education in Haiti

Attendance was poor even before the January 12 earthquake damaged every school in the capital.

In search of an education in Haiti