Author: Safiya Cherfi

Safiya Cherfi is a writer and book reviewer based in Scotland. She mostly writes short fiction and speculative fiction. She has written a full-length novel that was long-listed for the Laxfield Literary Launch Prize in 2021.
Zainab Cobbold: The First Scottish Muslim Woman
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Lady Zainab Cobbold: The First Scottish Muslim Woman

It seems that Zainab’s relationship with, and conversion to, Islam had an effect on the relationship with her family and more specifically, her marriage. She and her husband separated in 1922. Following his death in 1929; she began seriously pursuing the prospect of being able to perform Hajj. Zainab became the first Muslim woman born in Britain to perform Hajj; not only this but she also wrote a book of her accounts and this was published — Pilgrimage to Mecca. Zainab was aged 65 when she performed Hajj in 1933.

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