In Conversation with Sabeena Akhtar and Dr Sofia Rehman

In Conversation with Sabeena Akhtar and Dr Sofia Rehman

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About the Event

Join us on the 18th Of December at 6.30pm at IBU Restaurant , London where Sabeena Akhtar and Dr Sofia Rehman will be discussing the recently released book - Cut from the Same Cloth.  The Book will also be available to Purchase on the night at the event

We will also have a three course Malaysian dinner buffet with a Hot Drink to enjoy.

Please contact us if you have any food allergies so we can inform the venue

Speaker Bios


Sabeena Akhtar is a Writer/Editor and the Senior Programmer at the WOW Foundation. She is a co-founder of the Primadonna Festival which spotlights the work of women writers, the Primadonna Prize for writing and of Bare Lit Kids, the UK’s first children’s festival showcasing the work of writers of colour. She is also the Festival Coordinator of Bare Lit, the U.K’s principal festival celebrating remarkable writers in the diaspora. A keen advocate for Partition commemoration, in 2017 she partook in the BBC’s coverage of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and alongside her daughter, filmed a programme on the Partition of India for children. She has since been invited to discuss the subject on various media outlets. She has published a wide variety of work including editing Cut From The Same Cloth, a children’s book on Islamophobia published by Hachette and is currently working on her debut novel. She is a mother of four.

You can find Sabeena tweeting at @pocobookreader



Dr Sofia Rehman is an independent scholar specialising in Islam and Gender. When she is not reading books for research, she is reading them for pleasure. She is the founder and co-ordinator of Leeds Lit Book Club which is now in its 7th year. During the global pandemic she launched the Islam and Gender read alongs in which she facilitates readings of academic texts penned by Muslim female scholars in conversation with a global virtual audience and has recently been featured by both Vogue Arabia and Refinery29. She is a contributor to Mapping Faith: Theologies of Migration edited by Lia Shimada and to Cut From the Same Cloth? Edited by Sabeena Akhtar. She is also a contributor to the upcoming anthology Decolonising Translation to be published by Tilted Axis, as well as having publications of her own due out with Oxford University Press and Kube Publications.

You can connect with her on her Instagram @Sofia_reading where she talks about all things related to books, faith and academia.

Mustapha Sheikh is Associate Professor of Islamic Thought and Muslim Societies in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at the University of Leeds. He is currently Director of the Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies subject area and Co-Director of the Iqbal Centre for Critical Muslim Studies. His areas of expertise include Muslim law and legal theory, Islamic reformist thought, Critical Muslim Studies and Islamic finance. His publications include Ottoman Puritanism and Its Discontents (Oxford University Press) and A Treasury of Ibn Taymiyyah: His Timeless Thought and Wisdom (Kube Publishers).


IBU Restaurant

12a Bathurst Street

London W2 2SD

Five Mins Walk from Lancaster Gate Station (Central Line)

Dress Code



Start 6.30pm

Finish 9.30pm

Public health safety

We request that you carry out a lateral flow test before the event and only attend if it is negative. If you have symptoms please do not attend the event and follow national public health guidance.

Refund Policy

The Event is only refundable if it is cancelled