New Futures for Birmingham`s Historic Buildings

Introducing our first Feature Writer

Posted January 31st, 2013 by Suzanne Carter with No Comments

Sairah RehmanWe are delighted to introduce one of our new volunteers Sairah Rehman who has written the first feature in our new website Features pages.


Sairah has recently graduated with an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies from the University of York. She tells us,


“My interests largely lie in creative writing and history, focusing on the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, particularly in the literature at the time.


I like looking at how modern life relates to the past, especially in terms of culture and increased globalisation, and so am very excited to be working with the Birmingham Conservation Trust”.


And we are excited to have you as part of our brilliant team of volunteers!


Sairah’s feature ‘Death in Islam’ is largely based on her personal experience of Islamic funerals in Britain. It is part of a series of features we have asked her to research and write which explore how different faiths deal with death. Newman Brothers built a very successful business out of the extravagant funerals of the Victorian era.  At BCT we are keen to understand how funerals are a very different business altogether for our many religious and cultural groups in the UK.

 ... “It is odd when someone dies, in terms of how much ritual takes over. The speed at which Muslims are buried is imperative. The key is to be buried as quickly as possible. I missed my grandfather’s burial because it was literally hours after he passed away… Read More

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