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Myriam Francois-Cerrah completed her BA in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge ‎University in 2003, after which she worked for a year for MEND, a Palestinian NGO in ‎Jerusalem. In 2007, she gained an MA in Arab Studies (Honours), specialising in Middle East ‎politics, on a CCAS scholarship, at Georgetown University. There, she collaborated on the ‎production of a documentary (Arabs and Terrorism, Bassam Haddad) and published current ‎affairs articles.

Former Assistant Editor at emel magazine, she has also worked as a correspondent for the Huffington Post US.

She is currently a columnist at the New Statesman and Middle East Eye.

She has had articles featured in the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph,, Al Jazeera English, the Independent, Salon, the New Internationalist, ‎Index on Censorship, The F-word and others. ‎

Myriam regularly contributes to public debates on a variety of issues including on the ‎MENA region and French current affairs, on Sky News, BBC Newsnight, the BBC Daily Politics, BBC world service, the Frontline club, the Oxford Union, etc.‎

She has also featured in a number of documentaries, including most recently BBC’s “Divine women”.

She is currently a DPhil researcher  at Oxford University, focusing on ‎Islamic movements in Morocco, where she tutors in Middle East politics.‎

For bookings, please contact my agent: James Carroll, Peter Frasier and Dunlop (PFD)


Written by Myriam Francois

March 17, 2011 at 22:53

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  1. myriamcerrah

    May 18, 2011 at 16:57

    • first of all salam from all the indian muslim.i have seen ur video in u tube.i liked very much specially ur knowledge its a mixture of materialistic{western} world and spiritual world{islamic}.this kind of knowledge is very rare in muslim country basically the arabs world and also pakistan but in india from gods grace we have like sk ahmed deedat,zakir naik and his team doing quite good work of question is why dr zakir naik is abandoned in uk to enter by british govt…..r they scare.
      howz ur married life is going….did u find a good husband because if u find a bad person then we scare abt u it will give wrong image upon islam….like happen in imran khan and jemima case.after all u r a precious thing for muslim ummah doing dawah.

      sajed hossain

      December 2, 2011 at 20:18

      • Sorry there was nothing wrong about imran and jemima khans marraige exept they wern’t able to see much of eachother thats all. Both Imran and jemima still see much of eachother even now since they both have 2 -3 kids now and are stil on great terms.


        June 18, 2013 at 02:52

    • Mashallah sister you are doing great job.. i follow your videos and your article. you are a great inspiration too all girls.

      Saad Bashir

      August 13, 2012 at 04:38

    • By time,
      Indeed, mankind is in loss, Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience. Quran 104 Surat Al-Humazah (The Traducer)


      September 13, 2014 at 08:38

  2. cld u share the blessings and challenges of your matrimonial life ,being a revert, and how much your husband has been supportive in your dawah work

    muniba ahmed

    August 18, 2011 at 23:12

  3. Assalam aleikum Myriam,

    I religiously watch your youtube post because all of them are so informative.You are very brilliant woman
    we are proud to have a muslimah like you in our fold.I have lots of turkish friends and your husband is also a turkish.

    I pray to god that Allah will enhance your knowledge due course of time that would in turn benefit the Muslim Ummah.I want you to be on Doha Debate because you speak eloquently and articulate your points rationally.

    Just wanna a know one thing that how your husband helps you in Dawah work?Is he as religious as you?

    May Allah bless you with all the good things that you want in your life.

    Sayed Faiz Tanvir

    Sayed Faiz Tanvir

    December 10, 2011 at 16:07

    • I coulnt do all that I do without his support, alhmdlah
      “And the believers, both men and women, are protecting friends of one another. They enjoin the doing of what is right and forbid the doing of what is wrong, and are constant in prayer, and render the purifying dues, and pay heed unto God and His Apostle. It is they upon whom God will bestow His grace: verily, God is almighty, wise!” (Qur’an 9:71)


      December 12, 2011 at 10:35

      • Alhamdulliah,

        Beautifully quoted quranic verse.We Indian Muslims are very pleased to know that.
        May Allah bless you and give every muslim woman courage and wisdom to spread the
        message of Allah.

        Sayed Faiz Tanvir

        Sayed Faiz Tanvir

        December 13, 2011 at 15:19

      • Hi Myriam,
        I have great respect for you the way u represent the correct way of life(which inner soul tells to every one).
        I am by birth muslim but in practice nil(what i feel guilty and hoping one day god will put me on good track):-)
        But I believe Media should work on actual and not debate/blame to the whole community, religion.
        May be media business is like that to catch the controversial point and flash it in front of the people to raise the TRP.

        Why not media discuss “is god exists?” and should come to the conclusion,

        I know only that “If you hate/harm/kill to human kind then you are not muslim”



        December 18, 2011 at 21:53

  4. Salam,

    I owe you a huge thank you, I’m 22 years old and very much engulfed with “enjoying life” within the western world, being a british muslim I often find it hard to strengthen my faith, with temptations steering me away from being close to Allah.

    I never understood why muslim men and women have diffenent roles in Islam but share the same goal, I also found it hard to understand why so many people feel angry and disgusted with what we believe in, my emotions swayed me to question myself and what I believe in, which actually isn’t a bad thing. But when I watched your videos and analysed what you presented, I came to realise that Allah has done everything for a reason, and yes to a non-muslim it may seem like a “alien” religion because the differences between other faiths.

    Your example, liberates young people like me to come closer to Allah and to approach discussions in the correct manner and to protect our faith with fair discussions rather than violence or anger. Please keep doing what your doing, because your a true example of a strong muslim woman, who is explaining our religion in clear and approcable way.

    I pray that Allah showers you with reward in this world and the next. Once again thank you for helping young people like me.

    Thank you so much.

    Pabel Uddin

    December 21, 2011 at 17:19

  5. Hi, is there a blog or something that you write that we can follow. You are Mashallah an amazing example of how Muslim women should be in today’s world. May Allah (SWT) bless you.


    January 5, 2012 at 06:54

  6. masha allah u are very beautiful inside out my allah always protect u and grant u the highest paradise


    January 6, 2012 at 20:16

  7. amazing work u do ….. keep it up and keep in touch….
    wish u and everyone the best inshalah

    mohamed , palestine

    January 10, 2012 at 22:46

  8. Hi Myriam,

    Is it ok if a Muslim men or women act in a movie.Please let me know your opinion.


    January 15, 2012 at 09:23

    • sure, why not, as long as the content is ok…


      January 24, 2012 at 13:46

      • I am Yazan from Jordan, I did saw many videos of you on youtube defending Isalm, I am relly proud of you.

        God bless you

        السلام عليكم

        Yazan Karim

        February 15, 2012 at 19:28

      • Well said myriam.I agree with you.

        Javed Rehman

        March 19, 2012 at 09:10

  9. Alhamdullaih Myriam,

    You are making us proud.Your articles are very incisive and thougt-provoking.Keep it up.


    February 19, 2012 at 10:47

  10. Assalam aleikum,

    UBMSA week long Islamic exhibition is a great idea.I pray to Allah that it would be of great success.
    Please keep up this good work and spread the message of Allah.Ameen.


    February 23, 2012 at 15:40

  11. Hello sister Myriam,

    I wish one day you come to India to deliver a lecture on Islam.We muslims are proud to have sister like you in our fold.


    April 3, 2012 at 07:09

  12. Assalam aleikum Sisster,

    It was nice listening to you in Kuala Lumpur.I also want to join Save an Orphan campaign.You have taken a giant leap towards Jannah.You are very informative.We will arrange a conference were You would deliver lecture to young students in Mumbai.

    Sami Ali

    June 27, 2012 at 07:17

  13. You are a great inspiration for all Muslims 🙂

  14. Married!?! Gosh, some men have all the luck!

    Out of sheer curiosity, would it be too much to ask how you two met? 😉

    Been listening to your lecture on You Tube (Myriam Francois Cerrah: Women in Islam – Liberated or Oppressed?). Good research about the Prophet’s attitude towards women, especially towards his daughter, Fatima.

    Keep up the good work. Any of your lectures in French or Arabic, online?


    December 2, 2012 at 05:15

    • no lectures in French or Arabic so far that are recorded I *don’t think* – maybe a femyso event in French…thanks for the support!


      December 3, 2012 at 11:21

      • Much appreciate the prompt reply. Keep up the good work. Find your comprehension of the issues and themes in Islam enlightening and refreshing. May you continue in your spiritual journey to newer heights. Is an endless and a fascinating quest, isn’t it?


        December 5, 2012 at 21:34

  15. i would love to see Myriam in politics

    halim marzuki

    December 29, 2012 at 12:31

  16. Islam needs young and restless brains to defend the dawah. may Allah endow us all the endeavour you show in your life.
    I heard your husband is of Turkish descent.We would like to see you in Turkey with our countryman around here.
    Praying for you from Turkey


    February 6, 2013 at 22:42

  17. Do you have any more information about your conversion. Im writing a case study on you for university on Islamic conversion and new wave feminism 🙂

    lucy candy

    March 4, 2013 at 16:40

    • i’m afraid it is all here or on youtube possibly too. all the best with that!


      March 5, 2013 at 16:53

      • Islam needs more people like you. You are a blessing from Allah. I have seen you defend islam on various shows such as the ” big question”. For someone that reverted to islam, u are a true inspiration. Allah guided u tothis deen, because we need people like u. Pls keep up thr good work. May Allah reward u both in this world n the hearafter. Amin.


        June 1, 2013 at 03:41

      • thanks 🙂


        July 27, 2013 at 22:00

  18. Hi and Asalam’alaikum sister Miriam.
    I’m sure you are to aware of a certain..Ms Irshad Manji from the last time you spoke to her in any part of that day during the show ‘The big Question which Mehdi Hasan hosted represented. What are your views on the enlightening views of Irshads quranic verses? Do you think she she should be banned from any Islamic countries just as the western secularist countries have banned Dr Zakir naik? (The famous preacher who’s knowledgable in many religions.)


    September 10, 2013 at 04:30

  19. Salam myriam

    I have enjoyed every lecture/talk discussion that you have been in, whether its on Big Question or other shows as well as your discussions we can find on Youtube. And I really do appreciate what your doing in our community, highlighting problems not only in the international frameworks but within the muslim communities, which are at times overlooked, such as womens rights. I wish you all the best ahead in your career. I really feel you put a lot of beardo brother in shame, who might sit around coffee tables discussing politics and cursing western states but are not active in any way, academically or socially, to highlight the causes or issues or do anything for any kind of reform. I really enjoyed the discussion you were involved in between Tariq Ramadan and Humza Yusuf, highlighting the fundamental issues of reform within the theological frameworks of Islam. May god always have his mercy on you


    November 3, 2013 at 12:24

  20. Hi Myriam ,

    Listening to the merits of having baby daughters in Islam through the inspirational scholars around , I have always wished to have baby daughters. By grace of Allah i am blessed with a beautiful and bright daughter Zainab ! ,

    Surely when she grows up , i will inform my daughter about the Wisdom and enthusiasm you carry for Islam.May Allah bless my daughter a similar zeal ,enthusiasm and love for Allah and beloved Prophet (S.A.W.S)

    Sharing a 4 minute youtube link which inspired me to care about the humanity by just understanding four words of Qur’an !

    Please remember in your Dua !


    November 17, 2013 at 23:19

  21. Thank you, for being who you are! You’re a constant inspiration to muslims around the world. You inspire me, you remind me alot of my sister and late mother, you are the definition of a powerful woman, the true ideal. Hope your husband, if you have one realizes how lucky he is to marry a sister like you. Please continue being the wonderful person you are and never forget that you have people supporting you all the way.


    March 27, 2014 at 21:13

  22. As Salam Alaycom
    Dear Sister ,
    I’ve sent an email to u to your email ID :[] so would u please send your reply
    A S A P !!!!
    Thanks and best regards,
    Allah bless u and your husband

    Ra’ad G. Salih

    Ra'ad G. Salih

    April 23, 2014 at 17:56

  23. Im quite surprised that is really Myriams email address! i was thinking Myriam would never really give it out otherwise she would get bombarded with fan mail and requests for academic and socio-political advice! anyway its great to know she might be reading our comments and this isnt another fan made site!


    May 12, 2014 at 22:09

  24. Hello Myriam

    Great to hear your response

    Im curious to know what your Phd thesis was based on? Wiki states oriental studies but doesnt go into detail.

    Also what was it like studying in Oxford and Cambridge (narrated by sahih al wiki)? Was it challenging compared to normal unis? Do they have far more rigorous testing methods and assessments? Also is your thesis published by any chance?


    May 13, 2014 at 17:48

  25. Also is there any advice or tips you could give to uni students? or any tricks and shortcuts to get better grades?


    May 13, 2014 at 17:50

  26. Ramadan Mubarak and Eid mubarak insha’allah…to Miriam, your family n relatives and the same for everyone else on these posts. May allah give you all peace n strength with blessings and accept your prayers..Ameen.


    July 13, 2014 at 17:20

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