The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth
Personal Stories by Canadian Muslim Women
edited by Saima S Hussain
These twenty-one personal stories are told by women
from practically all backgrounds and persuasions—devout and
not-so devout, professionals and housewives, westernized and
traditional, wearing jeans, hijab, or niqab, straight and
gay, and originally from Africa, North America, South Asia,
the Middle East, and East Asia—revealing in their own ways
what it means to them to be a Muslim woman (a “Muslimah”).
What we get is a complex of stories, all challenging
conventions and stereotypes, and united by two ideas—Islam
(or the Quran) and nationality (Canadian).
"The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth presents a kaleidoscopic view of Koranic interpretation, marriage and family, the role of women, and experiences of Islamophobia and tolerance, including perspectives from gay Muslimahs and Muslimahs with disabilities. Such an assortment allows for few broad generalizations other than a desire for more of these stories, hopefully in full-length works."
—The Globe and Mail
"The candid and authentic voices in The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth add much to what is becoming an increasingly important conversation."
—The Toronto Star
"In a world where we seem compelled to simplify, categorize and demonize “other” elements of our society, this book unveils the complicated universal struggles for identity, place and respect that we all share, no matter our religious, national or cultural heritage."
—The Mississauga News
"The anthology is stocked with an impressive array of diverse stories and it’s takeaway follows suit: that Muslim women in Canada – and the world – are a diverse demographic. There is no mainstream voice here that dominates the others, no typical portrait that shuts out the rest. [. . .] Everyone is heard."
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-927494-82-0
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eBook ISBN: 978-1-927494-97-4 (EPUB)
Publication Date: October 2016
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