Portrait of the Author - Elizabeth Arif-Fear - Shepheard Walwyn Publishers


Elizabeth Arif-Fear is a British-Muslim, award-winning activist and writer. Studying languages and human rights at postgraduate level, Arif-Fear also became educated on Islamic studies and feminism in the Muslim world. Within her final year of university, Arif-Fear converted to Islam. As a dedicated writer and campaigner, Arif-Fear has worked in communications and fundraising in the human rights sector. This has included her involvement with a range of human rights and development organisations, such as Amnesty International UK, Child to Child, Grandmother Project (GMP) and Croydon Community Against Trafficking (CCAT) in communications.

Arif-Fear has also written for a range of organisations/publications including Globe Post, Haaretz, She Speaks We Hear, Sisrer-hood magazine and Jewish News. Additionally, due to her passion for and history of studying languages, Arif-Fear has also worked as a volunteer translator and proofreader for non-profit organisations. Besides this, Arif-Fear’s committed fighting against antisemitism has given voice to more nuanced views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She remains a local Co-Chair for Nisa-Nashim as well as a member of UK Friends of the Bereaved Families Forum (FBFF), a trustee for Muslims Against Antisemitism and a member of the outreach committee at Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).

In 2015, Arif-Fear founded Voice of Salam, described as a human rights and interfaith organization, promoting: human rights, interfaith awareness and socio-cultural cohesion. Her organisation’s blog has most notably featured in the “Top 30/40 Global” and “Top UK-based Human Rights Blogs/Websites” for Expertido and Feedspot listings. Additionally, Voice of Salam was also acknowledged at the 2018-2019 Faith and Belief Forum London Community Awards. Arif-Fear’s debut poetry collection ‘What If It Were You?’ brings attention to a wide array of central human rights issues, including child marriage, female genital mutilation, modern slavery and the rights of refugees.


“It’s uncomfortable reading, the visual imagery is raw as if Ms Arif-Fear has cried her way through each stanza. The poetry is gripping; it’s a book which draws us through it at an incredible speed, as if you are on a train passing through the very worst and occasionally the best of human nature.”
She Speaks We Hear

“Arif-Fear speaks about the sickening realities of child marriage, female genital mutilation and modern slavery and picks up on issues that are affecting many, many lives across the globe and in the UK … She is fearless in her drive to expose the socio-cultural norms that have been imposed on people and the injustices which many men, women and children continue to face worldwide.”
Foreword by Fiyaz Mughal OBE

“This book leaves you feeling that you have travelled the ambit of human exploitation and misery in the hands of an inspirational guide.

“…makes what can seem remote, almost academic, very very real.”
5-Star Review on Amazon