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Faizah Shaheen was detained by officials in the U.K. after she was reported for having suspicious reading material on a flight to Turkey: The Atlantic

A 27-year-old British-Muslim’s honeymoon ended in detention when officials at Doncaster Airport questioned her for suspicious reading material, the Independent reports. Her reading: an anthology of Syrian short stories, poems, and essays.

Faizah Shaheen, a National Health Services worker from Leeds who focuses on deterring young mental-health patients from radicalization, was returning home July 25 from her honeymoon in Marmaris, Turkey, when she was stopped by South Yorkshire Police. They questioned her for 15 minutes in connection with a book she’d been reading two weeks earlier on her flight to Turkey. A Thomson Airways worker reportedly alerted officials about the book, Malu Halasa’s Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline.

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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