Living Islam Out Loud: American Muslim Women Speak (Review)

This collection of essays is one of my favourite pieces about contemporary North American Muslim women. I’ve read it once before, a few years ago (before I converted), and liked it just as much upon re-reading it today.

Each of the women in this collection reflects upon her mixture of identities – American, Muslim, and sometimes others – and how this mixing of identities has shaped some part of her life.

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The Yacoubian Building (Review)

This book was the first Arabic novel that I ever read, a few years ago, immediately after I watched the film version with my partner. I loved it then, and now that I know more about the culture and some of the issues that come up in the story, I loved it even more the second time around.

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Palestine (Review)

Joe Sacco’s “graphic novel” – I prefer the term “comic journalism” – is absolutely beautiful and painstakingly crafted to show a behind-the-scenes look at the Occupied Territories, otherwise known as Palestine. I remembered loving this the first time around, and now that I have more background knowledge on the conflict and on the Israeli occupation, I have to say that I enjoyed it more, because I could just give myself up to the reading flow without having to look things up and figure out what names, places, and dates were referring to.

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Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief (Review)

I really like the way that Hasan approaches things in Red, White, and Muslim: head on but personal. Each chapter has a theme, and is then broken down into little anecdotes and thoughts that relate to that theme, and that connect to each other in some way. It’s not written as a cohesive piece, though, in each chapter – it’s as though Hasan is giving you a variety of things to think about, but is trying to leave you on your own to connect the dots and to add in your own understandings and make you come to your own conclusions.

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