Graduating from Brunel University in 2008, Shaheen first came to the attention of her contemporaries with her double prize-winning dissertation, Caleduniya, a short story about her youth spent as the youngest daughter of corner-shop owners in Central Scotland.
This piece was the genesis of her current work in progress, a memoir of escaping honour abuse, coming to terms with a joint diagnosis of bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder, and finding happiness despite her painful experiences. Her work has been published online and in print, and she has also led creative writing workshops to encourage new writers in their work. Shaheen is especially interested in reading and promoting cross-cultural voices from around the world.
In her spare time, Shaheen is a dedicated amateur martial artist who trains in KTX kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Premier Mixed Martial Arts. Her writing on the world of MMA can be found at the online magazine The MMA Review.
A passionate advocate for human rights, Shaheen hopes to establish a free mental health service for other individuals who have experienced honour abuse, which can include forced marriage, domestic violence, genital mutilation, forced imprisonment, and trafficking, among many other abuses. She has also recently been named in a list of one hundred British secular thinkers you should know about, and she is a member of the Karma Nirvana Survivors’ Advisory Panel. If you would like to know more, or if you are experiencing/recovering from honour abuse and need help, you can contact Shaheen by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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