The Silence of ‘Others’ project documents the emotional struggle of young Muslims in the face of negative perceptions in the post 9/11 and 7/7 era. Amidst the growing hatred and violence in the name of Islam, many Muslims in Western countries are finding it difficult to dissociate themselves from extremism and are battling socially demonising debates.
These debates have consequences for Muslim social identities and are being internalised. My images intend to reveal what many young Muslims are silently enduring — frustration, depression and confusion — as they continue to live in an Islamophobic society. I started working in Mid-west America and I am now in the United Kingdom. Using in-depth interviewing I have sought to better understand their perceptions.
I am further investing time with Muslim families at their homes and on the streets, exploring their socio-emotional fabric and trying to reveal an in-depth understanding of the young Muslim community. In order to set things right, it is important to understand the problem from the perspective of a Muslim mind too.
In the larger debate of what is right or wrong, the vital missing piece among the many voices weighing in on these questions is the actual views of young Muslims. I, therefore, want this project to democratise the debate and help share the perspective of young Muslims. — The author is working with young Muslims in England, exploring issues of identity, religion and conflict. His work is on show at the India Habitat Centre till October 28, part of the Delhi Photo Festival.