Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

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Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is a British writer. She is the author of Love in a Headscarf (2009), a memoir of growing up as a British Muslim woman.[1] Her new book titled Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World[2] was published in August 2016. Generation M, as The Guardian puts it, "is the first detailed portrait" of the influential segment of the world’s "fastest growing religion", Islam.[3] She is also a blogger: her blog is called Spirit 21.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Janmohamed was born on 13 April 1974.[5][6] She grew up in North London and was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Elstree, subsequently graduating from New College, Oxford.[1]


Janmohamed has written articles for The Times, The Guardian,[7] The National, The Muslim News and Emel magazine focusing on Islam and current affairs. She has a particular interest in Muslim women and Islam in the West.

In her role as an influential commentator on British Islam, she is a columnist for EMEL magazine, and a regular contributor to the Guardian and the BBC. Her blog, Spirit21, has won several awards, including the Brass Crescent Award for Best Blog. Janmohamed lives in London and has appeared on numerous British television networks.[1]

She has travelled with the British Foreign and Commonwealth office to Darfur, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Qatar and Turkey under its programme to build links with British Muslims and encourage dialogue. She is a creator and organizer of social and cultural events for young British Muslims, as part of creating a new British Muslim culture and identity, and the host of the annual ‘Eid in the Square’ event which is held in Trafalgar Square. She is a trustee of the Windsor Fellowship which encourages minority ethnic students to excel in education and employment.[1]

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

Janmohamed was named by The Times and the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission as one of the UK's 100 most influential Muslim women, and most recently she was named as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world.[1]

In January 2014, Janmohamed was nominated for the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She is married and currently lives in London with her 2 children.[1]

Professional life[edit]

She is serving as a Vice President of Ogilvy Noor, world's first Islamic Branding & marketing consultancy agency.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kemp, Charlotte (30 May 2009). "Sense and Serendipity". The National. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  2. ^ Janmohamed, Shelina (2016). Generation M: Young Muslims Changing the World, p. 256. I.B.Tauris, UK. ISBN 1780769091. |url= |
  3. ^ Sherwood, Harriet (3 September 2016). "Meet Generation M: the young, affluent Muslims changing the world". Guardian Online. The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  4. ^ Casciani, Dominic (29 November 2007). "The battle over mosque reform". BBC News Online. BBC News. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
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  7. ^ Janmohamed, Shelina Zahra (14 February 2009). "A Muslim woman's journey". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-03-24.
  8. ^ "British Muslim Awards 2014 winners". Asian Image. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Meet our experts". Retrieved 1 April 2017.

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