About Madinah

I’m a first generation Afghan-American living in Los Angeles. My mom dreamed of having an American son who would eventually become a doctor – but I popped out!  A Political Science graduate from the University of California, Irvine, I aim to give a platform to the Brown Girl Experience, while sharing my thoughts on pretty much everything. I love donuts, Vegas, VH1’s The Mob Wives, cats, my niece Neda, Palestine, EDM & gangster rap, designer-purses-way-out-of-my budget, and my huge family based in the San Fernando Valley. I’m a strict vegetarian, although I did eat chicken nuggets once in college. I won Homecoming Queen and Class Clown at my high school, and like to throw that in whenever I can.

Why “Burqas & Beer?”. What image elicits thoughts of Afghanistan like that of women wearing burqas (although not the traditional Afghan dress), and what is more American than beer? These two items define the cultures I find myself having a tug-of-war with. They represent the antithesis of one another, yet together, express the dichotomy I experience.


24 Responses to About Madinah

  1. Beela

    Love your blog girl

  2. Monali Khandagle

    Love ur picture on ur blog. Way to go girl. Best wishes

  3. Sadaf


  4. This is Joe Pinto (64), journalist & editor; teacher & trainer; retired and settled in Pune, India. I came to know of your blog through Monali Khandagle, a friend of my wife.

    I have a blog too — “Against the Tide” — and some day I will write about an Afghan-American girl called Madinah, who has a blog called “Burqas & Beer”, and who will pluck enough courage to become another “Malala”.

    Peace and love – Joseph Melville Pinto, Pune, India.
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    • dinajaan@hotmail.com

      Hello Joe,

      Thank you so much for this!! It means a lot to me! I will visit your blog. Monali Aunty is my friends mother and a huge supporter of mine – she encourages me and I love her for that. Your comment brightened my day – thank you Joe, sending my love to India!

  5. Austin Parkman

    You have a amazing blog! Keep up the great work, you’re absolutely amazing, people can learn a lot from you 🙂

  6. Pari

    wow! you are so inspirational and I can relate so much to you! Post more often!!

  7. Sheena

    Hey, I am Kashmiri from Pakistan that has been reading your stuff for quite a while now. I think most of it is amazing, you should go to Afghanistan and Pakistan, to get a better insight on what you talk about. I think the image you have of Pakistan is completely different to what it is. Inshallah if you go you will see, there is no Punjabi privilege over Pashtuns. There are many rich Pashtuns and many below the poverty line. There are many punjabis that are rich and many below the poverty line. Same goes for Kashmiris, if you go to Kashmir you will see lots of wealthy people also not that many below the poverty line. The problem is the wealthy people don’t want to help the poor and the government don’t want to spend money on the poor. That happens all around the world. Inshallah you come here and you’ll see its different to what you know. Rich people all different ethnics same mindset. I’m Kashmiri and I have many Pashtun friends from Pakistan we all identify our selves as pakistanis I don’t see anything wrong with that. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if the less fortunate people are Punjabi, Pashtun or kashmiri they all need a helping hand. Will you ever visit Pakistan?

    • dinajaan@hotmail.com

      Thank you for your support! Inshallah I will go to Pakistan. I still have relatives who live in Peshawar and Hangu. In the end I want peace for all ethnicities, but I write on certain issues that are swept under the rug. I believe the Pakistani government – not the people – have a bias against Pashtuns and use them as pawns in the hopes to keep Afghanistan broken. Its all political to me. I understand Pakistani citizens may love Pashtuns and vice versa.

  8. Amaud niggah

    Keep doing you BOO BOO

  9. Faheem

    More Pashtun men should be reading these blogs to realize what it means to be a Pashtun woman and how not to be the despicable and sleazy macho types that our women have come to despise. Actually young Pashtun moms should be reading these blogs to their kids especially the sons so that they grow up to be smart decent people instead of the usual ‘menaces to the society’.

    Keep it up Madinah! You are doing a great job.

    • Madinah

      Thank you for this comment! I’m humbled you think that. Our women definitely need to do a better job at raising honorable men.

  10. zabih

    proud of u sister i hope to see your more articles

  11. Zohra

    I absolutely love reading your blog! Just found out that you’re Pashtun and have family living in Hangu and Peshawar and I feel so connected to you now. Although I don’t want to generalize, I’ve never met anyone else from my village that’s so broad minded and so inspirational. Thank you for this blog, keep doing you!

  12. Zohra

    Maybe we’re long lost cousins haha everyone in Hangu seems to be related somehow

    • Madinah

      I’m so sorry it took me so long to reply to you! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. My family is originally from Wardak, but my parents and extended family lived in Hangu and Peshawar for many years! Sending u love and hugs <3

  13. Shiraz

    Wow cool to know about you, I’m Persian (Parsi), Persian is the Engliah translation to Parsi, that was born in Fiji (before when Iran was Persia, in Fiji we have a lot of Middle Easterners who live there as the British had attacked their country and money was no good)but I live in Australia now, I too am a vegetarian yaaaaas would love to see some Afghan vegetarian recipes:)

  14. Excellent! Keep writing. I blogged for a few years whilst working in Afghanistan. Check out my blog.

  15. Dasharious Hansen

    brown “girl”

  16. You have never visited Afghanistan in your whole life and your talking on behalf of Afghans? No offense but you do not represent me.

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