Dr Fatima Rajina

Job: Senior Legacy in Action Research Fellow

Faculty: Stephen Lawrence Research Centre

School/department: Research

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: N/A

E: fatima.rajina@dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

Dr. Fatima Rajina is a Senior Legacy in Action Research Fellow at the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University. After completing her MA in Islamic Societies and Cultures at SOAS, she went on to do a PhD after successfully securing a Nohoudh Scholarship with the Centre of Islamic Studies, SOAS, University of London. Completing her PhD at SOAS, Fatima's work looks at British Bangladeshi Muslims and their changing identifications and perceptions of dress and language. She has also worked as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge looking at police and counter-terrorism. Fatima was also a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, Research Fellow at UCL IoE, and, additionally, she worked as a Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University London.

Publications and outputs

Book Chapters

Rajina, F. (2020) ‘They needed us, and now they are terrified we are here’ in I Refuse to Condemn: Resisting Racism in Times of National Security. Manchester University Press.

Journal Articles

Redclift, V., Rajina, F. and Rashid, N. (2022). "The Burden of Conviviality: British Bangladeshi Muslims navigating diversity in London, Luton and Birmingham." Sociology.

El Shayyal, K. and Rajina, F. (2021) United Kingdom. In: Müssig, S., Račius, E., Akgönül, S., Alibašić, A., Nielsen, J. S., and Scharbrodt, O. (eds) (18 Nov. 2021). Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 13, Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill

Redclift, V.M. and Rajina, F.B. (2019), The hostile environment, Brexit, and ‘reactive‐’ or ‘protective transnationalism’. Global Networks.

Redclift, Victoria, and Rajina, Fatima. "Rethinking Muslim migration: frameworks, flux and fragmentation." Ethnic and Racial Studies 40.3 (2017): 407-412.

Rajina, Fatima. ‘Dress and Language: A Critical Analysis of the Concept and the Process of Identity Construction within the British Bangladeshi Muslim Community in East London’, in Yasir Suleiman, C. B. E., and Paul Anderson. "Muslims in the UK and Europe II." (2016): 188-199.

Rajina, Fatima. "Islam in Argentina: Deconstructing the Biases." Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 36.3 (2016): 399-412.

Other Publications

Rajina, F. (2022). The Monstering of Shamima Begum. The New Arab. Link: https://www.newarab.com/opinion/monstering-shamima-begum

Rajina, F. (2022). Rishi Sunak might 'look like us', but he is loyal to his class. Middle East Eye. Link: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/uk-rishi-sunak-look-like-us-loyal-class

Rajina, F. (2022). Underclass in Purdah: Britain’s never-changing relationship with its Asian Muslims and the creation of the Asian Muslim. Discover Society. Link: https://discoversociety.org/2022/06/27/underclass-in-purdah-britains-never-changing-relationship-with-its-asian-muslims-and-the-creation-of-the-asian-muslim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=underclass-in-purdah-britains-never-changing-relationship-with-its-asian-muslims-and-the-creation-of-the-asian-muslim

Rajina, F. (2022). How India's violent politics came to Leicester. New Lines Magazine. Link: https://newlinesmag.com/argument/how-indias-violent-politics-came-to-leicester/

Rajina, F. (2021). What Azeem Rafiq’s case shows about the changing face of anti-South Asian racism in the UK. inews. Link: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/what-azeem-rafiqs-case-shows-about-the-changing-face-of-anti-south-asian-racism-in-the-uk-1307903

Rajina, F. (2021). As the UK seeks to strip citizens of citizenship, are Muslims the target? TRT World. Link: https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/as-the-uk-seeks-to-strip-citizens-of-citizenship-are-muslims-the-target-52159

Rajina, F. (2021). The Girl in the Mirror: On Media Representations and Aesthetics of Shamima Begum. Ceasefire Magazine. Link: https://ceasefiremagazine.co.uk/girl-mirror-media-representations-shamima-begum/

Rajina, F. (2021). Shamima Begum: what the media's fixation on her 'western' clothing means for Muslim women. The Conversation. Link: https://theconversation.com/shamima-begum-what-the-medias-fixation-on-her-western-clothing-means-for-muslim-women-157281

Rajina, F. (2021). Shamima Begum and the conditionality of British citizenship. Al Jazeera. Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2021/3/19/shamima-begum-british-citizenship

Rajina, F (2021). Book Review of Amrit Wilson's Finding A Voice: Asian Women in Britain. Shared Cultural Heritage. Link: https://sharedculturalheritage.wordpress.com/2021/02/17/book-review-of-amrit-wilsons-finding-a-voice-asian-women-in-britain/comment-page-1/

Rajina, F. (2021). BBC vs Zara Mohammed: An exercise in Islamophobia. Middle East Eye. Link: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/bbc-interview-zara-mohammed-exercise-islamophobia

Rajina, F. (2020). Coronavirus: How the media scapegoats Muslim women. Middle East Eye. Link: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/coronavirus-how-media-scapegoats-muslim-women

Rajina, F. (2020). Shamima Begum: What does it mean to be British? Middle East Eye. Link: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/uk-where-does-shamima-begum-belong

Fernandez, S. and Rajina, F. (2019). Wearing a hijab for a few hours will not eradicate Islamophobia, we need to confront white supremacy. Amaliah. Link: https://www.amaliah.com/post/55027/wearing-hijab-hours-will-not-eradicate-islamophobia-hijab-day

Research interests/expertise

British Bangladeshis, British Muslims, Islamophobia, Race, Identity, Clothes, Language, Postcolonialism, Tower Hamlets, East London

Qualifications

 BA, PGCE, MA, MPhil, PhD

Projects

The Construction of Race and Identity: A Case Study of Bangladeshis and Somalis in Tower Hamlets

 

My current project looks at the ways in which race-making happens in the everyday between the two biggest Muslim communities in the borough of Tower Hamlets. 

Conference attendance

ReOrienting the Post-Western Critical Muslim Studies Conference (September 2022). University of Leeds. Chair of one of the panels.

British Muslim Studies at 50: Retrospect and Prospect (September 2022). Muslims in Britain Research Network. University of Cardiff. Co-presented a paper titled: Decolonising British Muslim Studies: Towards a Critique of Identity and Belonging

British Association of Islamic Studies (BRAIS) (June 2022). University of Edinburgh. Attendee.

Transnational and Diaspora Politics and Activism (August 2021). Northumbria University. Co-presented a paper titled: Remembering the Liberation War of 1971: Transnationalism and Racism

ORCID Number

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6549-0034

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