A South African Muslimah's Blog

Constructing Identity: Loud Whispers, Lasting Echoes

Who am I? March 22, 2009

My name is Safiyyah Surtee, a South African Muslimah.  I believe in the common humanity of all people, no matter their gender, race or affiliation. I am passionate about travel, languages, literature, food and philosophy.

I graduated with a degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and am currently completing my M.A in Islam with a focus on gender and ritual in the Islamic legal texts. I have dabbled in freelance journalism and am a community activist, concerned mainly with Muslim women’s issues, advocating for the participation of Muslim women at all levels of religious life. I contribute to Muslimah Media Watch, where we critique representations of Muslim women in the media. I also lecture in the Study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. My husband and I are on whirlwind journey raising twin girls – Kimiya and Eethar.

I am a Muslim, because of the spirit of my religion which is one of Love, Unity, Humanity, Tolerance, Justice, Reason and Peace.

These blogs are an attempt at creating Loud Whispers and Lasting Echoes.


A collection of my published articles can be found here.

I also administer the blog of Shaykh Seraj Hendricks, my beloved teacher and mentor, May Allah keep him.