About Me


A Christian Student in the UK.
A Muslim Teacher in Italy.

What could possibly unite these two people? 


Sarah Ager



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. 


Bologna, Italy 

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.


Islam

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. 


Interfaith

'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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21 comments:

  1. hi,
    how are you....i hope you're doing great!
    I've read on a website that contained a interview of yours that you have found somewhere in Bologna a shop that sells Marmite...!
    I was looking for the same thing...can you help me out?
    Sorry if i did bother you and i wish you my best regards...!

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    1. Ciao! Always happy to help someone on the hunt for marmite! Basically you can find Marmite in any of the foreign owned supermarkets or shops. There's a chinese supermarket in Via Mascarella (near Via Guido) which sells it. There are little fruit and vegetable shops along Santo Stefano and there's a chinese supermarket past San Donato in Via Del Lavoro (near Via Vestri). They also sell tea, worchester sauce, Horlicks, custard powder and other things too. Have you tried it before? Good hunting!

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  2. Hi, I just discovered your blog while I'm thinking of wearing hijab. Thank you :)

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    1. Salaam, thanks for leaving a message. I hope the posts on hijab have been helpful to you. You can always message me on fb if you'd like to chat about it : ) take care

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  3. Hello, greetings from New York. I came across your blog tonight, after doing an online search for Colomba Easter cakes. After reading some of your entries I thought to myself wow, what an interesting find. I am glad I came across your blog! What a wonderful immersion of culture and from reading about you, I feel you are a very interesting refreshing individual.Goodluck with your journey.

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  4. hey,

    Since, you are an expat/foreigner, I wanted you to check out http://www.linkexpats.com (networking for expatriates). It can help Italians living abroad, as well as expats living in Italy. I thought it might be interesting for you and your readers, maybe you can add it to your links list as well.

    The website is a networking website for expatriates and foreigners. LinkExpats has already been mentioned in Mashable, Washington Post, InTheCapital and other large technology news websites.

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  6. Hello :) I am a Moroccan Muslim living in England and I am hoping to apply to university to study Anthropology. I've been learning Italian independently and I am already bilingual in English and Arabic.. As I wear the Hijab myself I want to know the realistic aspects of a Muslim living in a country such as Italy as I wish to live abroad possibly...so I wanted to ask whether I could ask you some questions.. ? if you do not mind :)

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  7. Asalaamu Alaikum keep up the good work. Where did you study this beautiful Deen?



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  8. Dear sister,
    You have done a great job in your life. Thanks for your realization. You might be a mighty Muslimah for the present world. Many non Muslim Women will be inspired from you if you share your reversion story.

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  9. MashaAllah :) I found your blog through another blogger's post :) May Allah the Most Merciful guide you always to Him and His Mercy wherever you may be. Ameen. http://JustSharingIslam.blogspot.com/
    Wasalaam from the Philippines :)

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  10. Assalamu'alaikum

    Dear Sarita, I commented in your blog maybe 2 years ago, about finding a university in Italy. Now, finally I landed in Europe, but not Italy, Netherlands. Now I'm wearing hijab and very comfortable with it..
    You're such an inspiration. Thanks :)

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    1. Wa alaykum salaam. It's wonderful to hear from you. I'm so glad you are feeling comfortable with your personal choice about faith and hijab and I hope you continue to grow in confidence and in your deen inshallah. Thank you for getting in touch again.

      All the best. Take care of yourself!
      Sarah

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  11. I was wondering if you knew of anyone in the uk who would preform an interfaith nikkah with a muslim woman?

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    1. Salaam! I asked around and several people pointed me in the direction of Usama Hasan @drusamahasan in London. If I hear any other suggestions, I'll let you know. Take care, Sarah.

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  12. Salaam. I'm new in Rome from America and plan to stay here for an assignment for work for a few months. I've worn hijab for many years, however, feel a bit uncomfortable here and have yet to come across any muslims. Do you have any recomendations on where to meet others in rome as i dont know anyone here? Any help/advice would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance!

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  13. Mashallah...you are really an inspiration to so many people who are trying to find out their inner spiritual world like me.. It's sometimes feel strange that we know what is right for us but we can't acquire it due to some reasons..i dont know where i am heading to..bt i love islam n i love allah pak..i hope one day il become as strong as you are

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  14. Assalamu Alaikum, i am one of your brother from Somalia.
    Maashaa Allah, you are doing a good job for sake of Allah.
    May Allah Reward You Jannah.
    Amin

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  15. Mashallah

    Love this blog!

    You are very an inspiration

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  16. Dear Sarah,

    I'm part of theologiestudierende.de, an online-magazin for students of Theology in Germany. In August 2016 we will have a special on "Islam and Theology". I would like to introduce you and your blog to our audience. If you like, I can send you my questions for a short interview via email. I'm also very interested in your article "Being Interfaith Literate: A Guide To Online Interfaith Etiquette". Maybe we can arrange a re-blog in german?

    Anyhow, thanks for your insights. Message me via Twitter (@rocktoamna) or my blog http://philipp-greifenstein.de.

    Bye
    Philipp

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  17. Asselaam Aleykum Sarah,

    MashAllah - your blog is fabulous! :) Continue to share your beauty with the world - you are lucky to be living in a beautiful city too. Merci! Maselaam, sophia

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