Hala Iqbal Hala Iqbal is a postdoctoral scientist who grew up between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, went to university in Boston, and somehow ended up in New York. She moonlights as a writer. INSIGHT Outta the way, Muslim By HALA IQBAL It’s what I am, undeniably. Brown skin, long clothes, hijab wound twice around my hair. In this moment, it is both fact and insult.