by Claire Chambers, Nafhesa Ali & Richard Phillips (Editors) - £10.99 HopeRoad Publishing Ltd (2020)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781916467194 | ISBN 10: 1916467199
Star-studded and beautifully written, this collection of diverse stories about love and desire by South Asian-heritage British Muslim women authors, including Ayisha Malik and Shelina Janmohamed.
Although outsiders often expect Muslim women to be timid, conservative, or submissive, the reality is different. While some of these authors express a quiet piety and explore poignant situations, others use black humour and biting satire, or play with possibilities. Still others shade into the territory of a Muslim TFifty Shades of Grey, creating grey areas where the mainstream media sees only black and white.
If grooming-gang scandals grab headlines, characters are more scandalized by suitors’ sloppy personal grooming. Finding the right crimson lipstick for a date or the perfect power outfit for meeting a cheating ex-husband are commoner preoccupations than the news.
Stylish but far from shallow, the stories also reflect on migration, racism, arranged marriage, gender differences, lesbian desire, bearding, and many other subjects.
(Price & availability last checked: October 2020)
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In booklists: Women's Sexuality, Women and Islam, Asian Women, In categories: Feminism & Women, Sexuality / Relationships, Spirituality, World - Middle East, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas,