Artist - Academic - Archivist - Activist
Dr. Tamara MC is an Applied Linguist and researches language, culture, and identity in the Middle East and beyond. She writes about her hybrid identity of growing up simultaneously Jewish and Muslim, in Tucson and Texas.
She is editing her debut memoir, CHILD BRIDE, about her Islamic Temporary Marriage (mut'ah) at age 12, for which she is seeking representation.
Dr. MC is an advocate for fellow survivors of cults, slavery, and child/forced marriages.
I grew up in a cult and was married at 12 — in Texas
Two months before I married, I had my first period. I still wore a training bra. I was 12 and had never kissed a boy, never fathomed marriage. “Repeat after me: I, Habiba, take you, Ali, to be my husband for the duration of 90 days,” Ali, my new husband, said.
(Essay featured in the Independent.)