Speaking Under Surveillance | Free Word

21 April 2020

Presented by:
Maslaha and Liberty


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What is the impact of the UK government’s counter terror policies, such as Prevent, on the Muslim communities who encounter them on a daily basis? How can we address these issues together?

Join us for an evening of discussion, poetry and audio drama featuring Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Azeezat Johnson and Razwan Faraz, in partnership with Liberty and Maslaha.


21 April 2020

Maslaha and Liberty



Maslaha seeks to change and challenge the conditions that create inequalities for Muslim communities in areas such as education, gender, criminal justice, health, negative media coverage and a continued climate of Islamophobia.


Liberty is an independent membership organisation challenging injustice, defending freedom and campaigning to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly.

Razwan Faraz

Founder of ManSheds

For over a decade Razwan Faraz taught in some of the most deprived inner city schools in Birmingham and was a deputy headteacher in one of the largest state primary schools in Europe. Razwan was embroiled in the Trojan Horse scandal, wrongfully accused and later acquitted of being involved in a conspiracy to introduce an extremist Islamic agenda in schools. He now actively teaches men to unpack their prejudice and narcissistic ideas of justice and embrace a way that brings justice to all communities. He is the founder of ManSheds, an organisation that supports men and fathers to understand and awaken the spiritual solutions to the challenges a materialistic and capitalist world presents.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

Writer, Poet, Speaker and Educator

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet, speaker and educator invested in unlearning and interrogating narratives around race, gender, Islamophobia, state violence, and colonialism. She is the author of the poetry collection, ‘Postcolonial Banter’ (Verve Poetry Press, 2019); co-author of the anthology, A FLY GIRL’S GUIDE TO UNIVERSITY: Being a woman of colour at Cambridge and other institutions of power and elitism (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), and host of the Breaking Binaries podcast. Suhaiymah has written for The Guardian, Al-Jazeera, the Independent and more.

Azeezat Johnson

Social Geographer

Azeezat Johnson is a social geographer at QMUL: she is interested in conversations about Black (and) Muslim geographies to push against the marginalisation of Black Muslim women. In her work, Azeezat has also unpacked how whiteness is neutralised within spaces of power and how that impacts on everyday lived experiences, particularly for Black Muslim women. Her PhD research (completed at University of Sheffield in 2017) grew from this vein of thinking: it used the clothing practices of Black Muslim women in Britain to explore how identity performance shift as people interact with different objects, bodies, gazes and spaces.

Raheel Mohammed

Founder Of Maslaha

Raheel is the director and founder of Maslaha and named as one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals by the Observer newspaper and Nesta. He has also been a judge for this award. He is also co-director of MFest 2020. Maslaha creates long-term interventions tackling inequalities in areas such as health, education, gender inequality, the criminal justice system and negative public narratives. He is currently focusing on the discrimination faced by Muslims in prison including the impact of Prevent. He has also given evidence to Government Select Committees about Prevent. He has also researched, written and curated 2 exhibitions that have travelled to 11 countries and 35 cities. His work has been translated into 8 different languages.

Rosalind Comyn

Policy and Campaigns Officer, Liberty

Rosalind Comyn is a Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty, where she leads work across counter-terrorism and policing. Before joining Liberty, she worked at a human rights organisation specialising in global warfare, counter-terrorism, and post-conflict justice. Rosalind holds a law degree from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge.



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• Our box office, theatre and hall are all on the ground floor with step-free access from the street
• Meeting rooms and offices are accessible by lift from the ground floor
• There are two accessible toilets on the ground floor. All our toilets are individual, gender neutral cubicles.
• Hearing loops are available at the box office and the theatre and in all meeting rooms
• The foyer and café areas are our designated quiet spaces – if you need to leave the event at any time, you’re welcome to use these areas.
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