Flemish political and public debates about
the headscarf, Islam and emancipation are
often set up in terms of conflicting cultures.
In this article, I discuss the gap between
representations of Muslim women circulating
in the debates and the life trajectory of an
individual Muslim woman. I offer an analysis
of the story of Layla, a Muslim feminist from
Antwerp, about her social-political activism
and becoming in relation to activism. Central
to the article is the question of how Layla’s
feminist activism, negotiations and becoming
take place within and against the context of
the Flemish headscarf debates. I specifically
look at the way in which Layla’s agency
emerges from her story.