By: Mohamed Ghlian
He neither shook, nor his voice quivered, nor did he stumble on his words. The knife was an arm span away from eyes, or less. He knew that it would shortly go through his neck and separate his head from his body. But he faced death with rare bravery, and he delivered in his final moments of life a strong message to the rulers of his country, and to his family. In it he said a lot about politics, and very little about emotions.
By: Myriam Francois-Cerrah
An explanation of why I reject the construct:
My opposition to the use of the word convert to describe someone like myself (Muslim over a decade) is linked to the exclusive and thus exclusionary dimension of the term ‘convert’.
It both identifies those of non-Muslim heritage as different to the rest of the community, in some cases, particularly white converts, as somehow superior and more enlightened, worthy of adulation and praise for having left behind the (implied superior) dominant culture to adopt the (implied lesser) subaltern culture, and on the other hand, serves to deligitimise those same voices when necessary by putting into question the ‘true’ Islamic nature of their identity.