The Faith Club (Review)

This book surprised me, in a good way. I read a bunch of reviews about it a few months back, and thought that it looked interesting, but wasn’t sure about whether I’d enjoy it. I tend not to enjoy books that are written about people’s spiritual lives, though there are some exceptions. One of those exceptions is that I really enjoy reading about people’s struggles with their religion, and their struggle to reconcile their religion with society or with the religions of other people around them.

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Of Hockey and Hijab (Review)

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”.

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