A Christian Student in the UK.
A Muslim Teacher in Italy.
What could possibly unite these two people?
Well, they both happen to be snapshots of my own life. My past and present. I was raised as a Christian in the UK and converted to Islam just over three years ago while living and working in Italy.
This blog combines my passion for interfaith and greater social cohesion among people of faiths and no faith, my interest in language and education as an English teacher, and my cultural discoveries as a Brit living abroad.
I fell in love with Bologna while studying as part of a study abroad programme (Erasmus). Naturally, I followed the laws of fiction and fell in love while living abroad. I vowed to come back after completing my degree so that I could get married. I graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Leicester and fulfilled my end of the bargain by leaving the UK and moving to Italy.
After a series of interactions with Muslim friends in my personal life and at university, Islam became a constant presence on my mind. During a process of questionin, prayer, and research, my belief in Christianity began to slowly unravel while the same thread began to weave itself into a new faith centered on Islam.
Having crossed an invisible frontier between two faiths and have experienced both in a very real sense, I became increasingly aware of the importance of interfaith in community to help each other cross the gap of misunderstanding and mistrust between people of different faiths.
'A Hotchpotch Hijabi in Italy' is the home of 'Interfaith Ramadan', a 30-day blog project bringing together writers from different faith / non-faith backgrounds and from around the world, sharing perspectives on Interfaith, community, inclusion, and key social issues.
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