Posts by Shahirah Elaiza
Malaysia -- Based in New Zealand. Shahirah Elaiza is a Media Studies MA candidate at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Her joie de vivre includes reading, travelling and meeting people from around the world. In her free time she explores hidden gems around the city and blogs at her personal website www.shaelaiza.com

How I Learned To Love Again...

The Forty Rules of Love

One day, my friend Chloe told me about a wonderful book called The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi written by Elif Shafak. Now, if you must know something about me it is that I have fallen head over heels for a country named Turkey ever since my first visit...
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Make Islam Relevant Again...

Muslims feel there is a clash between the culture they grew up in and the culture of Islam.

There are various reasons why many young Muslims today are asking themselves, “How is Islam relevant in my life?”. The rise of secularism, terrorism, post-modernism, atheism, humanism and movements in relation to LGBT rights, women’s rights and human rights are a few of those reasons. As Jeffrey Lang asserted, Muslims are...
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Dolce & Gabbana Abayas: Cultural Appropriation Or Cultural Energisation?...

Do we need 'the West' to validate how cool, sophisticated and trendy we are as Muslims?

There is debate among Muslims whether Dolce & Gabbana’s recently released collection of luxury abayas is a form of cultural appropriation (‘plundering’) of the Muslim culture or a means of ‘energising’ it. We covered the issue of cultural appropriation when I was tutoring for an introductory paper on Media Studies last year...
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On Paris, Jihad And Western Privilege...

It hurts to see Islam being reduced into a faith that is associated with violence and vengeance.

Dear Paris: The crime that was committed against you yesterday was another senseless and heinous act caused by ignorance, greed and the love of power. My heart goes out to the victims and their families who are mourning the loss of innocent loved ones. I have seen what terror has...
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Of Haram Police And Keyboard Warriors...

A Letter to Malaysian Gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi

Malaysian gymnast, Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, 21 was heavily criticized by the haram police and keyboard warriors for wearing ‘revealing’ leotards at the recent South East Asian games where she won six medals. Zilzar Life writer Shahirah Elaiza pens down her thoughts.  Dear Farah Ann, First and foremost, let me congratulate you on winning a gold...
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