Zainab Shamis-Saleem

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Zainab Shamis-Saleem is Montessori teacher, wife and mama based in West London UK. Show MoreShe is a trained graphic designer and after working for a design agency for many happy years, she retrained to work with young children. She founded The Montessori Studio in 2015, which runs consultancy and workshops for parents and teachers who want to know more and do more to enable their child’s natural path. Visit her website for more info and blog, or catch her on Instagram.

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Layla Risus

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Layla Risus is the pen name of a writer concerned with big issues, small issues Show Moreand everything in between.

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Shabina Begum

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Shabina Begum is a London-based lawyer and UN recognized expert on child, Show Moreforced and early marriage and works at combating domestic and honor based violence.

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Rahma Dutton

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Rahma Dutton is a Customer Experience Manager by day, but that’s of little Show Moreconsequence. She loves the smell of coffee and alone time with a book. She loves Table Mountain and her family too. She tells stories to remind herself and others that we’re never alone, even if it sometimes feels like that.

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Ruqiyah Goldhawk

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Ruqiyah Goldhawk is an Australian Muslim who loves reggae, low key living Show Moreand being outdoors.

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Ibtisaam Ahmed

Managing Editor | Contributor | Author

Ibtisaam holds law degrees from the University of Cape Town and Cornell University. Show MoreShe sings songs of nostalgia, is an avid baker and loves creating Instagram Polls. She believes in autonomy and free will as the key to finding truth and thinks justice is good but compassion is better. Currently doing legal research and freelance writing in New York, you can find her wandering in libraries and getting lost in Spotify. IN ADDITION TO BEING OUR LEGAL EAGLE, IBTISAAM SOURCES CONTENT AND FINDS AUTHORS AND COLLABORATORS.

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Il-haam Ahmed

Editor in Chief | Contributor | Author

Il-haam is a freelance writer and English teacher. She has worked at universities in Show Moreboth South Africa and Turkey. She is interested in Sufism, fragrance compositions and making sense of the world around her. When she’s not listening to reggaeton, eating caramel with spoon or stroking cats, she dreams of returning to the great love of her life, Istanbul. IL-HAAM ENSURES THE EDITORIAL INTEGRITY OF HIKAAYAT AND FINDS SYNERGIES IN OUR COLLECTIVE CREATIVE SPACE.

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Tasnim Morrison

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Tasnim is a London-based speech and language therapist and avid reader behind Show Morethe Instagram page @reads.and.reveries where she shares book reviews and recommendations, current reads and the all too frequent new additions to her bookshelf.

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