25 September 1978 |
Background and career
Alam was born in London, United Kingdom. She is an established journalist and possibly the youngest editor of a Muslim current affairs publication, Q News. She is a freelance contributor to British and international newspapers. Her recent work includes the cover story for Newsweek International (worldwide except Asia).
Alam is of Bangladeshi Chittagonian parentage and she grew up in Singapore. During this time she was elected as the vice-president and then president of the United Nations Students' Association, National University of Singapore, for which she organised a six month awareness campaign called ‘The Children of Bangladesh.’ The campaign highlighted the plight of the street children and she then took the campaign a stage further by leading a student delegation of twenty to carry out relief work in Bangladesh for three weeks in 1998.
Alam is also involved in the Radical Middle Way Project which is a revolutionary grassroots initiative aimed at articulating a relevant mainstream understanding of Islam that is dynamic, proactive and relevant to young British Muslims. The project was funded by the British government under its Prevent scheme and in 2009 is said to have received approximately £1.2 million.
- Official Website (under construction)
- Fareena Alam on Twitter
- Q News magazine
- Profile on guardian.co.uk
- Asian Women of Achievement Awards
- NS Interview - Fareena Alam. New Statesman
- Alam, Fareena. A humane Muslim future. Open Democracy. 8 Match 2005
- Alam, Fareena. Why I reject the anarchists who claim to speak for Islam. The Observer. 12 February 2006
- Alam, Fareena. Five Principles for Islam's Future. Qantara.de. 15 September 2009