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Shamima Begum: what the media's fixation on her ‘western’ clothing means for Muslim women

By Fatima Rajina, Legacy in Action Research Fellow, Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University
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Europe’s fascination with Muslim women, their bodies and their clothing choices – as seen in the passing of discriminatory face covering bans in several countries – shows no sign of abating. Throughout the western world, Muslim women have become expendable commodities, with offensive tropes dominating news coverage on a regular basis. In recent years in the UK, the most high profile victim of such rhetoric has arguably been Shamima Begum.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court ruled Begum could not challenge…

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