Authentically Black, Authentically Arab – A Roundtable on Afro-Arab Identity


Being black is a politicised identity. One cannot deny that. Identifying as Arab is also a political minefield. Those living at the intersection of blackness and Arabness are often overlooked as one seemingly cannot wholly embody both identities and must pledge allegiance to one or the other. Shereen Abyan sat down with two of her friends, Amani Bin Shikhan and Habiba Khaled to discuss what being Afro-Arab entails: bridging seemingly conflicting identities and “colour-blindness”. Read their interesting perspectives on an ever-evolving and dynamic demographic.

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