RELEASE: 2009 - 2010 (four issues)
AUTHOR: AQSAZINE collective (no longer active)
ORIGIN: Toronto, Canada
AQSAZINE is a grassroots, award-winning zine open to 16-35 year old people who self-identify as Muslim that was produced between 2009 - 2010. The collective published four issues of the internationally-distributed magazine celebrating Muslim women and trans people’s writing and art.
It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our experiences, and connect with others. In Arabic, “aqsa” implies the furthermost, as in reaching out to the furthest possible point. AQSAZINE aims to motivate the utmost resistance to violence in all its forms. 16-year-old Aqsa Parvez, who was murdered on December 10th, 2007, also inspires this zine. It is to honour her and other Muslims who experience and resist violence. We strive to work from a feminist, anti-oppressive framework.
AQSAzine provided a creative platform for young Muslim women and transpeople to tell their own stories, share their art, and connect with each other. The production of their own media was a reactionary and crucial element in countering the often biased, oversimplistic, and stereotypical portrayal of Muslims in mainstream Occidental media.
[DESCRIPTION: Part of the intro from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]
[DESCRIPTION: Excerpt from AQSAzine #1 (2009)]
Each issue was celebrated with a launch at various locations including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Women’s Bookstore, and Ryerson University.
The audience for these publications is absolutely anyone with an open heart and mind. The zines were produced by a collective of dedicated volunteers. Though based in Canada, submissions to callouts came from all over the world.
AQSAZINE’s last public call for submissions for issue #4 was in 2010.
READ AQSA ZINE NOW
We can’t embed the files because the code isn’t presently available, but you can read issues #1 - 3 through this account. We’ve contacted the group for information on how to embed and if the zines are available to archive and share.
ABOUT FARRAH KHAN
At the age of 16, Farrah Khan picked up a microphone to speak out about sexual assault and has not put it down since. She has spent the last sixteen years working diligently to raise awareness of gender-based violence through art creation, education, counseling and community development. Farrah is a nationally recognized public speaker and educator on violence against women including forced marriage and “honour” related violence.
Farrah is also an artist who uses prose, video and craft to explore the intersections of migration, faith and community. She is the editor of the “Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project” a graphic novella by South Asian young women about resiliency in the face of family violence. Farrah is currently working on a stop motion video short “ Five Things” and a play with the Beekeepers Collective.
Learn more about Farrah: farrahkhan.ca
Editor’s Note: A Community Submission OR Call for Submissions post is usually from POC folk submitting their own zine or zine call to be featured by POCZP. If you would like to share your zine with the POC Zine Project community, here’s how to do it.
Please make sure to include pertinent info for CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: deadline, submission info/email/tumblr, related links, your own bio, etc.
As long as the zine was created/co-created by a person of color, we will always share Community Submissions. Enjoy!
POCZP also accepts anonymous submissions and zine donations from POC. Click here for submission guidelines.
OOMK's fundraiser video is super DIY-cute, and looks like it was a lot of fun to animate:
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Message from the OOMK team to POCZP:
OOMK zine is nearly here but we need a little help to get it on its way!
Featuring the work of 25 women, OOMK is set to be a highly visual small press publication. The zine explores the imaginations, creativity and spirituality of women and our first issue is packed with activist and feminist work from a range of different women.
We’re really keen to share the thoughts of young active, creative women, especially Muslim women, like ourselves, who don’t really get heard. We’ve finished putting issue 1 together and its looking great, but we need to raise £800 to get 300 copies printed.
We’ve set up this fundraising page to help us reach our target: http://www.pleasefund.us/projects/oomk-zine
OOMK is a submissions based zine and future issues will be open to all to submit work.We need your help to get the word out and to reach our target!
Rose Nordin: Graphic Designer and MA Design student (isamok.tumblr.com)
Sofia Niazi: Illustrator and MA Design student (www.sofianiazi.co.uk)
Sabba Khan: Architect and freelancer (cosmicsabba.tumblr.com)
We’re into it! Join us in making a donation, if you can spare any amount <3