“When things get tough, you have to get funny,” Mirza says.
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Shazia Mirza claims to be the world's first devoutly Muslim woman stand-up comic.Mirza made her name in Britain and the U.S. in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.For "the repressed, rebellious horny teenage Muslim girls" that fall for jihadi fighters, Mirza claimed, this reality is lost in the fantasy world built around their longing for romance and adventure.Raised in Britain, Mirza, who comes from a devout Pakistani family, knows more than most about where these girls are coming from.A former science teacher, Mirza said she taught "hundreds of Bangladeshi girls just like them in a secondary school just down the road from theirs.There have been reports since that Daesh deliberately uses good-looking young men – the so-called ji-hotties – as part of its social media strategy to "groom" young female recruits.At their age, these girls would have known "nothing about Islam," Mirza said. Muslim girls soon learn how to lead double lives.Despite the November attack, Mirza is not worried about taking the show to La Java club in Paris coming Wednesday.
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