I was really looking forward to reading this book because of it’s focus on Canadian Muslims, and it didn’t disappoint.
This book … it does not live up to the expectations that the backflap creates.
I’ve been struggling with deciding what to say about this book, because I want to be constructive, but simply feel like throwing it against a wall. If I were into censorship – which I’m not – I might want to censor it, and Jonas’ newspaper column – because he still writes one! – for all of eternity. It’s just that bad.
Sheema Khan had written a monthly column for the Globe and Mail, as well as articles for other publications, for a number of years before coming out with this book. Of Hockey and Hijab is a collection of essays encompassing a wide variety of topics, ranging from terrorism and anti-Semitism to women’s rights in society and in the Qur’an (written as “Koran” in this book) to being a hijabi playing sports and the experiences of others like her. Khan focuses on the divide between Western non-Muslims and Muslims from around the world, particularly on the difference between ideas or stereotypes of Islam and the “real deal”.