About the author

Hello! You have stepped into the vanity closet of the Angry Malay Woman aka Alicia Izharuddin. Much of my time is taken up as a final year PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. At other times I write and edit articles and speak about gender, Islam, and cinema in public forums, on radio, academic conferences and seminars. I like freshly ground coffee, BBC Radio 4, and trashy erotica. To keep myself even more busy, I also do some work for the Malaysian campus of Open University and SOAS. I live in the city of dreaming spires of Oxford where I sip sweet nectar in the senior common room – cheers!

For queries of an academic nature, drop me a hello

aliciaa90099 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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25 thoughts on “About the author

  1. Salaam alaikum Cycads,
    You ought to have a email link on your site somewhere so people can communicate with you administratively.
    Along those lines, I figured you might be interested in speaking out against the National Fatwa Council of Malaysia’s fatwa against tomboyism (assuming you disagree with it).

    Story is here:
    http://www.progressiveislam.info/showDiary.do?diaryId=900

    My own denunciation of it here:
    http://www.progressiveislam.info/showDiary.do?diaryId=905

    By the way, love your site. I too found it through MMW and now check in regularly to see what’s new. Yours is a very cool voice in the mix of the Islamsphere.

    Wassalaam

  2. Salaam,

    Thanks for the link! I find it outrageous that there’s even fatwa against so-called ‘tomboy-ism’! Firstly, being a tomboy is completely subjective – from having really short hair, liking sports, finding boys smelly, not liking pink and make-up, or generally just being a little on the rough side can all go into the tomboy basket.

    Secondly, perhaps fear of women behaving like men, and thus possessing qualities undeserving of women i.e. defying authority/patriarchy underlies this fatwa.

    And lastly, this idea that tomboy-ism and alleged lesbianism is really about the intolerance towards this evil and non-existent thing called female sexuality. This reminds me about the case many years ago of two women, Rohana and Azizah, getting married in Malaysia. Before they made the headlines, the ‘tomboy’ of the two (can’t remember which one) disguised as a man in order to get married.

    Their marriage was eventually annulled, the tomboy was ‘rehabilitated’ into becoming a ‘normal’ woman, and later made the news again after declaring that she intends to marry a man and confessed that she had led her former partner on. All of this got a lot of attention unlike a quickly forgotten news story soon after about two men getting married in secret.

  3. Great blog.

    Had to comment after reading the comments above and your post on mail order brides.

    My wife is Asian (Japanese). She’s not subservient, not demure, totally the opposite of the “Asian-woman stereotype.” She also happens to be a tomboy.

    Thought you might be interested in my most recent post, “Life with a Japanese Wife” at japaninsight.wordpress.com

    Aloha!

    Tim

  4. Thanks for the kind comments, Tim. “Life with a Japanese wife” does sound interesting! My boyfriend should write something like that. But I’m quite sure that it’ll read like a Gothic horror story.

  5. I appreciate your post about Malaysian mail-order brides. I…tend to be a very vocal opponent of mail-order marriage. Nothing could be more mercenary and delusional. To me, it’s a sign of incompetence and cowardice.

    Anyways, good day to you.

  6. [smile]…I found your little blog during a good search for clothing style of egyptian and arabic women for a story I’m creating.

  7. Salam;

    saya sudah baca artikel saudari di merdeka review. secara prinsipnya, saya bersetuju dengan isi tulisan saudari dan terutamanya tatacara agensi-agensi kerajaan menangani ‘hu-ha-hu-ha’ penganjuran seksualiti merdeka serta tuduhan-tuduhan liar yang melampau seperti ‘pesta seks bebas’ dsb. yang mana telah mengakibatkan objektif pengajuran SM yang dimulakan pada 2008 itu telah dipesongkan 360 darjah dan saya masih lagi berfikir, siapakah yang mendapat keuntungan dengan segala mak nenek riuh rendah ini.

    dan, perkasa sekali membuktikan kejaguhan rasisma mereka dan istiqamah menjadi jaguh pula dalam mewujudkan ‘ketegangan yang tidak perlu’ dalam pola kemasyarakatan majmuk tanahair yang sudah sedia dan senantiasa kacau dengan konflik politik PR-BN.

  8. I JS CAME ACROSS UR BLOG 2DE WHILE LOOKIN 4 FEMINISM ARTICLES IN MSIA.
    I WAS V MUCH SURPRISED DT MSIANS DO WRITE ON FEMINISM N VOICE OUT OPINIONS.
    IM KEEN 2 READ MORE OF UR ARTICLES
    GOOD JOB ANGRY MALAY LADY.
    U DO SET A GUD EXAMPLE OF A MODERN WOMEN OF MALAYSIAN S0CIETY =)

  9. hi

    i am also a researcher. currently on state feminism….
    glad to have people with similar interests because there are way too few people to share thoughts on feminism back home….
    :)

  10. Very nice write-ups. Strong point of view that cuts through the skin and makes a patch with the inner soul. Maybe right, maybe wrong; in any case I find the words written with honesty. Works for me.

    Now, Lee(my Made In China Puppet crow) & me, we’re going to cover(as in really cover) Malaysia in mid-July and it’d be great to get some perspective from you. Oh and, I’m spectacularly spectacled.

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