to create a space to unapologetically unpack, share, learn, unlearn, reclaim, decolonize, resist colonial legacies of intergenerational trauma/exploitation (Decolonize Mental Health) so we can stand in solidarity as well as connect over the multiple intersectional truths, lived experiences and positionalities of being Muslim + Indo-Caribbean + the descendant of indentured labourers displaced during colonization from Hindostan (present-day South Asia/ India) to the Caribbean.
Doctoral Student- PhD Policy Studies
Karimah Rahman (she/her) is the founder/curator of The Muslim Indo-Caribbean Collective (MICC) and The Muslim Indentureship Studies Center (MISC).
The Muslim Indo-Caribbean Collective
The Muslim Indentureship Studies Center
Muslim Indo-Caribbean and Muslim Indentured Labourer Descendant voices are marginalized, silenced and invisibilized in Indo-Caribbean, Indentured Diasporic, Indian, South Asian, Caribbean and West Indian spaces. She founded MICC and MISC in 2020 in order to create a space where the marginalized intersectional voices, truths, lived experiences and positionalities of Muslim Indo-Caribbeans and Muslim Indentured Labourer Descendants can be shared and unpacked.
She is currently pursuing her PhD in Policy Studies at Ryerson University in the Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policy Stream. Karimah’s research focuses on the intersectional marginalization, lack of representation and Anti-Muslim Racism towards Muslim Indo-Caribbeans (and marginalization of Indo-Caribbeans) in policy (India’s Diaspora Policy and Ontario’s 2001 South Asian Heritage Act, 2001) as well as Indo-Caribbean, Indentured Diasporic, Indian and South Asian spaces due to problematic ‘purity/authenticity’ politics. The legacy of Muslim Indo-Caribbean resistance to colonization and journey of learning, unlearning and decolonizing.
Karimah’s research includes the marginalization of Indo-Caribbeans and the Indentured Diaspora by Mainland South Asians/ Indians from an intersectional perspective. This is predominantly within a Canadian context such as in the 2001 South Asian Heritage Act that Indo-Caribbeans can be attributed to lobbying/ grassroots mobilizing for but invisibilized in its implementation in South Asian Heritage Month. She has coined The South Asian/ Indian Hierarchy of 'Authenticity/ Purity' Theory to unpack this marginalization using intersectionality.
She coined the following terms to unpack this intersectional marginalization and structural oppression of Muslim Indo-Caribbeans:
The South Asian/Indian"Authenticity/Purity" Hierarchy Theory
Mainland South Asian/Indian
Mainland South Asian
Mainland South Asian/Indian Supremacy
Mainland South Asian/Indian Privilege
Mainland South Asian/Indian Gaze
Mainland South Asian/Indian Fragility
The Indian(Indentured/Indo-Caribbean)“Authenticity/Purity” Hierarchy Theory
- Hindu Indian/Indentured Diasporic/Indo-Caribbean Privilege
Hindu Mainland Indian Privilege
Hindu Indentured Diasporic Privilege
Hindu Indo-Caribbean Privilege
- Hindu Indian/Indentured Diasporic/Indo-Caribbean Supremacy
Hindu Mainland Indian Supremacy
Hindu Indentured Diasporic Supremacy
Hindu Indo-Caribbean Supremacy
- Hindu Indian/Indentured Diasporic/Indo-Caribbean Gaze
Hindu Mainland Indian Gaze
Hindu Indentured Diasporic Gaze
Hindu Indo-Caribbean Gaze
- Hindu Indian/Indentured Diasporic/Indo-Caribbean Fragility
Hindu Mainland Indian Fragility
Hindu Indentured Diasporic Fragility
Hindu Indo-Caribbean Fragility
Other terms she coined:
- Muslim Indentureship Studies
- Muslim Indo-Caribbean Studies
- (Radical) Muslim Indo-Caribbean Feminism
- (Radical) Muslim Indentured Diasporic Feminism
- Muslim Indo-Caribbean Heritage Day (October 11 annually)
- Muslim Indo-Caribbean (popularized the term)
Karimah looks at the legacy of Muslim Indo-Caribbean resistance to colonization, journey of learning/unlearning, intergenerational trauma (rooted in Indentureship, colonization, white supremacy, Hindu supremacy, Hindutva ideology, Brahmin supremacy, Anti-Muslim Racism and Mainland South Asian/Indian Supremacy etc.), decolonizing (including Decolonizing Mental Health).
She as well focuses on the mental health impacts of Muslim Indo-Caribbean (Indo-Caribbean) marginalization in Indo-Caribbean, Indentured Diaspora, Indian, South Asian, Caribbean, West Indian and Muslim spaces. Decolonizing Mental Health is essential to unpacking all these forms of Muslim Indo-Caribbean marginalization and structural oppression in Indo-Caribbean, Indentured Diasporic, Indian and South Asian spaces.
Her Masters in Political Science at York University specialized in the marginalization of the Muslim South Asian Diaspora in Trinidad and Guyana, which included field research in Trinidad.
Karimah is a published author/writer, spoken word artist with work ranging from academic, community work to spoken words, art, talks, interviews, podcasts and workshops on the topics mentioned earlier.
She is currently working in an upcomming Documentary film and upcomming Book Anthology, both entitled Unapologetically Muslim Indo-Caribbean in order to unpack "What being Muslim Indo-Caribbean means to you?", based on the multiplicity and nuanced wide range of your intersectional identities, positionalities and lived expereinces in order to amplify Muslim Indo-Caribbean voices, written/filmed by Muslim Indo-Caribbeans for Muslim Indo-Caribbeans.
She is the Managing Editor of the Identity Politics and Belonging cluster of The Migration Initiative that publishes peer-reviewed articles (https://www.themigrationinitiative.ca/editorialboard).
She is co-founder of the South Asian Diaspora Collective (SADC).
Karimah Rahman. (2021). Belonging Nowhere But Unapologetically Me: Muslim Indo-Caribbean and More in Blooming Through Adversity: A Collection of Short Stories, published by Amazon Publishing and curated by Tiffany Manbodh.
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Blooming-Through-Adversity-Collection-Stories/dp/B095LH5L3R
Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/Blooming-Through-Adversity-Collection-Stories/dp/B095LH5L3R
Karimah Rahman. (2021). When You Can't Go Home: Journey of Tracing Ancestry and Wanting to Visit my Indian Homeland as a Muslim Descendant of Musalman Indentured Labourers During the Backdrop of Anti-Muslim Violence under India's Hindutva and Hindu Supremacist BJP Government in Two Times Removed: An Anthology of Indo-Caribbean Fiction, published by Amazon Publishing and edited and curated by Tiara Jade Chutkhan.
Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Two-Times-Removed-Anthology-Indo-Caribbean/dp/1777727405#:~:text=Two%20Times%20Removed%20brings%20together,heritage%20and%20North%20American%20upbringing
Amazon USA: https://www.amazon.com/Two-Times-Removed-Anthology-Indo-Caribbean-ebook/dp/B095PR9S95/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
Karimah Rahman. (2021). Muslim Indo-Caribbean Marginalization: In Indo-Caribbean, Indentured Diasporic, Caribbean, West Indian, Indian, South Asian and Muslim Spaces. The Brown Girl Diary (Instagram: @thebgdiaries)
Karimah Rahman. (2020). Muslim Indo-Caribbean Identity: Muslim Indentured Resistance to Colonization and Colonial Policies. The Migration Institute (Instagram: @themigrationinstitute)
Karimah Rahman. (2020). Who are Muslim Indo-Caribbeans?. The Brown Girl Diary (Instagram: @thebgdiaries)
Karimah Rahman. (2020). Unpacking Indian Arrival Day as the Descendant of Muslim Indentured Labourers. Caribbean Muslims: News, History, Culture & Religion
Karimah Rahman. (2019). The Trauma of Indentureship, Colonization and Resistance: Muslim Indentured Labourers in Trinidad and Guyana. Caribbean Muslims: News, History, Culture & Religion
Karimah Rahman. (2018). Indo-Caribbean Identity Formation in Canada: Challenges of South Asian/Indian Authenticity in Dynamics of Caribbean Diaspora Engagement: People, Policy, Practice, published by the University of Guyana Press and edited by George K. Danns, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith and Fitzgerald Yaw.
Karimah Rahman. (2019). The Trauma of South Asian Indentureship during the Colonization of Trinidad and Guyana. In Woke & Loud: A Faith-Based Medley of Muslim Poetry & Spoken Word, edited by Laila Hasib. Toronto: Inked Resistance Islamic Publishing. https://www.inkedresistanceislamicpublishing.com/woke-loud
Karimah Rahman. (2019). Growing up in Quebec as a Muslim: Confronting White Supremacy. In Woke & Loud: A Faith-Based Medley of Muslim Poetry & Spoken Word, edited by Laila Hasib. Toronto: Inked Resistance Islamic Publishing.