The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
Author: Mojha Kahf
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN 10: 0786735422
ISBN 13: 9780786735426
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf Book Review:

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between “Muslim” and “American.” When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba's sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she's back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother's interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere. Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
Author: Mojha Kahf
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2009-03-17
ISBN 10: 0786735422
ISBN 13: 9780786735426
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf Book Review:

Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between “Muslim” and “American.” When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state — taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba's sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she's back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother's interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the “aunties” and “uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere. Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
Author: Mohja Kahf
Publsiher: Public Affairs
Total Pages: 443
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 9780786715190
ISBN 13: 0786715197
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf Book Review:

Growing up devoutly Muslim in her 1970s Indiana community, Syrian immigrant Najla Shamy and her siblings struggle to balance the cultures of America and their family, a coming-of-age challenge that the adult Najla remembers years later when she reconnects with friends from other mixed heritages. Original.

Poetics of Visibility in the Contemporary Arab American Novel

Poetics of Visibility in the Contemporary Arab American Novel
Author: Mazen Naous
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2020-03-10
ISBN 10: 9780814255766
ISBN 13: 0814255760
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Poetics of Visibility in the Contemporary Arab American Novel Book Review:

Redefines dominant perceptions of Arab Americans via an aesthetic analysis of Arab American novels, launching transcultural possibilities by initiating visibility through poetics.

Western Representations of the Muslim Woman

Western Representations of the Muslim Woman
Author: Mohja Kahf
Publsiher: University of Texas Press
Total Pages: 207
Release: 1999
ISBN 10: 9780292743373
ISBN 13: 0292743378
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Western Representations of the Muslim Woman Book Review:

Veiled, secluded, submissive, oppressed—the "odalisque" image has held sway over Western representations of Muslim women since the Enlightenment of the eighteenth century. Yet during medieval and Renaissance times, European writers portrayed Muslim women in exactly the opposite way, as forceful queens of wanton and intimidating sexuality. In this illuminating study, Mohja Kahf traces the process through which the "termagant" became an "odalisque" in Western representations of Muslim women. Drawing examples from medieval chanson de geste and romance, Renaissance drama, Enlightenment prose, and Romantic poetry, she links the changing images of Muslim women to changes in European relations with the Islamic world, as well as to changing gender dynamics within Western societies.

E mails from Scheherazad

E mails from Scheherazad
Author: Mohja Kahf
Publsiher: University of Central Florida
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9780813026213
ISBN 13: 0813026210
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

E mails from Scheherazad Book Review:

Explores what it is like to be a woman, a person of color, an immigrant, and a headscarf-wearing Muslim in a non-Muslim country.

Hagar Poems

Hagar Poems
Author: Mohja Kahf
Publsiher: University of Arkansas Press
Total Pages: 109
Release: 2016-07-01
ISBN 10: 1682260003
ISBN 13: 9781682260005
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hagar Poems Book Review:

“Mohja Kahf ’s Hagar Poems is brilliantly original in its conception, thrillingly artful in its execution. Its range is immense, its spiritual depth is profound, it negotiates its shifts between archaic and the contemporary with utmost skill. There’s lyricism, there’s satire, there’s comedy, there’s theology of a high order in this book.” —Alicia Ostriker, author of For the Love of God: The Bible as an Open Book “Hagar/ Hajar the immigrant/exile/outcast/refugee mother of a people is given multiple voices and significance in Mohja Kahf’s new book of dramatic monologues, which also reinvents Pharaoh’s daughter, Zuleika, Aïsha, and Mary in poems that are at once lively and learned, agnostic and devout. The sequence on an American mosque, and the poet’s ambivalent love for what it represents, is unique in American poetry.” —Marilyn Hacker, author of A Stranger’s Mirror “‘Where have all the goddesses gone,’ writes Mohja Kahf, ‘I tracked down Isis / incognito on Cyprus. /She told me Ishtar / lived under the radar / in southern Iraq. . . .’ In Hagar Poems, Mohja Kahf’s hallmark qualities—irreverence, imagination, wit, poignancy—are all exuberantly in evidence. A wonderful read.” —Leila Ahmed, author of A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America “This brilliant collection captures all the ‘patient threading of relationship’ between Hagar and Sarah as between women, and then between women and men, between human and God. . . . At every turn of the page [Kahf] refuses complacency and circumstance but opts instead for exposing the tenuousness of threads that tie and bind and then come loose before our eyes.” —From the foreword by Amina Wadud The central matter of this daring new collection is the story of Hagar, Abraham, and Sarah—the ancestral feuding family of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These poems delve into the Hajar story in Islam. They explore other figures from the Near Eastern heritage, such as Mary and Moses, and touch on figures from early Islam, such as Fatima and Aisha. Throughout, there is artful reconfiguring. Readers will find sequels and prequels to the traditional narratives, along with modernized figures claimed for contemporary conflicts. Hagar Poems is a compelling shakeup of not only Hagar’s story but also of current roles of all kinds of women in all kinds of relationships.

A History of Islam in America

A History of Islam in America
Author: Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 446
Release: 2010-04-19
ISBN 10: 0521849640
ISBN 13: 9780521849647
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Islam in America Book Review:

Traces the history of Muslims in the US and their waves of immigration and conversion across five centuries.

My Lover Feeds Me Grapefruit

My Lover Feeds Me Grapefruit
Author: Mohja Kahf
Publsiher: Press 53
Total Pages: 90
Release: 2020-04
ISBN 10: 9781950413195
ISBN 13: 1950413195
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Lover Feeds Me Grapefruit Book Review:

In this radiant collection of love poems, Mohja Kahf makes a feast and a celebration, in language and of language. Everyone is invited: "Never drink while another is thirsty. You first. No, you. We could dance like this forever." From dizzying bursts of eros to wry acceptance of mortality, Kahf translates her robust Arabic literary lineage into the regal command: "Always multiply the gift." Pleasure shimmers off these pages with spiritual undertones, glancing subtly at Quran, at hadith. The opening poem, "When I Come to You," echoes a Hadith Qudsi in which God says, "When my worshipper comes to Me walking, I go to her running." With its joyful succession of images calling for reciprocity, this poem, and the collection, honor the mutual desire for union between Creator and creature as a foundation for expressions of human desire. From that generous place, we leap into lyric delight in the physicality of the erotic. It is the reader's task and reward to embrace "this beautiful clumsiness." -from the Preface by Rahat Kurd

Jesus Saves

Jesus Saves
Author: Darcey Steinke
Publsiher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-11-27
ISBN 10: 0802193226
ISBN 13: 9780802193223
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Jesus Saves Book Review:

From one of the most daring and sensuous young writers in America, Jesus Saves, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, is a suburban gothic that explores the sources of evil, confronts the dynamic shifts within theology, and traces the consequences of suburban alienation. Set in the modern launch pads of adolescent ritual, the strip malls and duplexes on the back side of suburbia, it’s the story of two girls: Ginger, a troubled minister’s daughter; and Sandy Patrick, who has been abducted from summer camp and now smiles from missing-child posters all over town. Layering the dreamscapes of Alice in Wonderland with the subculture of River’s Edge, Darcey Steinke’s Jesus Saves is an unforgettable passage through the depths of the literary imagination.

Arab American Women s Identity Crises in Mohja Kahf s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf and Laila Halaby s West of the Jordan

Arab American Women s Identity Crises in Mohja Kahf s  The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf  and Laila Halaby s  West of the Jordan
Author: Arwa H. Almasaari
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 105
Release: 2017
ISBN 10: 9781369668483
ISBN 13: 1369668481
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Arab American Women s Identity Crises in Mohja Kahf s The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf and Laila Halaby s West of the Jordan Book Review:

Abstract: This thesis adopts a transnational and postcolonial feminist approach in exploring Arab American women's literature. In particular, I focus on the Jordanian-Palestinian American novel, West of the Jordan by Laila Halaby, and the Syrian American novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf. In each chapter I examine the hyphenated identities of these novels' protagonists, Hala, Soraya, Khadija, and Khadra. In so doing, I argue that each character grapples with her identity mainly as a result of her Arab relatives' and American peers' fixed notions of cultural, national, and religious identities. Ultimately, my analysis traces the protagonists' various forms of resistance to the overly narrow definitions of "Arabness" and "Americanness" each must confront. Moreover, by contesting essentialist notions of "Arabness," I argue that both authors shed light on the diversity of Arabs and Muslims - two terms that, more often than not, have been conflated and reduced to a singular monolithic group in Eurocentric discourses. I locate my analysis within current geopolitical struggles such as the Palestinian Israeli conflict and the 9/11 attacks. Further, I place these novels within the genealogy of literature written by immigrants of Arab descent in the US.

Taking Back God

Taking Back God
Author: Leora Tanenbaum
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2008-12-23
ISBN 10: 9781429958790
ISBN 13: 1429958790
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Taking Back God Book Review:

In Taking Back God Leora Tanenbaum recounts the stories of women across the United States, starting with herself, who love their religion but hate their second-class status within it. If you've witnessed the preferential treatment of men in America's houses of worship, you will not be surprised to learn that there is a surge of women in this country rising up and demanding religious equality. More and more, religious women—Christian, Muslim, and Jewish—are declaring that they expect to be treated as equals in the religious sphere. They want the same meaningful spiritual connections enjoyed by their brothers, fathers, husbands, and sons. They embrace the word of God but are critical of their faith's male-oriented theology and liturgy. They reject the conventional interpretations of religious traditions that give women a different—and, to their minds, lesser—status. Rather than abandoning their faith, they are taking it back and making it stronger, transforming religion while maintaining tradition. Tanenbaum relates the experiences of Catholics, evangelical and mainline Protestants, Muslims, and observant Jews. The conflict they face—honoring tradition while expanding it to synchronize with modern values—is ultimately one that all people of faith grapple with today.

Second Person Singular

Second Person Singular
Author: Sayed Kashua
Publsiher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2012-04-03
ISBN 10: 0802194648
ISBN 13: 9780802194640
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Second Person Singular Book Review:

"Part comedy of manners, part psychological mystery . . . Issues of nationalism, religion, and passing collide with quickly changing social and sexual mores." —Boston Globe From one of the most important contemporary voices to emerge from the Middle East comes a gripping tale of love and betrayal, honesty and artifice, which asks whether it is possible to truly reinvent ourselves, to shed our old skin and start anew. Second Person Singular follows two men, a successful Arab criminal attorney and a social worker-turned-artist, whose lives intersect under the most curious of circumstances. The lawyer has a thriving practice in the Jewish part of Jerusalem, a large house, a Mercedes, speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, and is in love with his wife and two young children. In an effort to uphold his image as a sophisticated Israeli Arab, he often makes weekly visits to a local bookstore to pick up popular novels. On one fateful evening, he decides to buy a used copy of Tolstoy's The Kreutzer Sonata, a book his wife once recommended. To his surprise, inside he finds a small white note, a love letter, in Arabic, in her handwriting. I waited for you, but you didn't come. I hope everything's all right. I wanted to thank you for last night. It was wonderful. Call me tomorrow? Consumed with suspicion and jealousy, the lawyer slips into a blind rage over the presumed betrayal. He first considers murder, revenge, then divorce, but when the initial sting of humiliation and hurt dissipates, he decides to hunt for the book's previous owner—a man named Yonatan, a man who is not easy to track down, whose identity is more complex than imagined, and whose life is more closely aligned with his own than expected. In the process of dredging up old ghosts and secrets, the lawyer tears the string that holds all of their lives together. A Palestinian who writes in Hebrew, Sayed Kashua defies classification and breaks through cultural barriers. He communicates, with enormous emotional power and a keen sense of the absurd, the particular alienation and the psychic costs of people struggling to straddle two worlds. Second Person Singular is a deliciously complex psychological mystery and a searing dissection of the individuals that comprise a divided society.

The Oxford Handbook of American Islam

The Oxford Handbook of American Islam
Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Jane I. Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 019986263X
ISBN 13: 9780199862634
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of American Islam Book Review:

Islam has been part of the increasingly complex American religious scene for well over a century, and was brought into more dramatic focus by the attacks of September 11, 2001. American Islam is practiced by a unique blend of immigrants and American-born Muslims. The immigrants have come from all corners of the world; they include rich and poor, well-educated and illiterate, those from upper and lower classes as well as economic and political refugees. The community's diversity has been enhanced by the conversion of African Americans, Latina/os, and others, making it the most heterogeneous Muslim community in the world. With an up-to-the-minute analysis by thirty of the top scholars in the field, this handbook covers the growth of Islam in America from the earliest Muslims to set foot on American soil to the current wave of Islamophobia. Topics covered include the development of African American Islam; pre- and post-WWII immigrants; Sunni, Shi`ite, sectarian and Sufi movements in America; the role and status of women, marriage, and family; and the Americanization of Islamic culture. Throughout these chapters the contributors explore the meaning of religious identity in the context of race, ethnicity, gender, and politics, both within the American Islamic community and in relation to international Islam.

Crescent A Novel

Crescent  A Novel
Author: Diana Abu-Jaber
Publsiher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 398
Release: 2004-05-17
ISBN 10: 0393325547
ISBN 13: 9780393325546
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Crescent A Novel Book Review:

Never married, living with an Iraqi-immigrant uncle and devoted dog, and working as a chef in a Lebanese restaurant, thirty-nine-year-old Sirine finds her life turned upside down by a handsome Arabic literature professor who not only awakens unexpected feelings but also stirs up memories of her parents and questions about her Arab-American identity. By the author of Arabian Jazz. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Mosaic

Mosaic
Author: Soheir Khashoggi
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2007-04-01
ISBN 10: 9781429912976
ISBN 13: 1429912979
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mosaic Book Review:

Set against the bustling backdrop of New York City and the exotic splendor of Jordan, Mosaic is a story of love and betrayal, of a clash of cultures and traditions---and one woman's struggle to rebuild her life. Like many working mothers, Dina Ahmed has become adept at juggling her family and her work. She's the owner of Mosaic, a thriving floral design business, and has been blessed with success, beauty, and, most important, a happy family. But when she returns home one day to discover that her six-year-old twins have vanished, Dina is forced to admit that her life and her marriage were not as perfect as she'd once believed. After many desperate phone calls---and anxious hours spent piecing the puzzle together---Dina accepts the terrible truth: Her husband, Karim, has taken the twins to his homeland of Jordan to raise the children with his family there. The authorities can do nothing to bring Dina's children back, and even her father's contacts in the U.S. State Department are of little help. Karim's family is wealthy and powerful, and even though Dina is half Arab herself, her options are limited. Distraught, but determined to fight, Dina travels to Jordan to confront her husband and to enact a desperate plan to get her children back---but at what risk?

A Return to Modesty

A Return to Modesty
Author: Wendy Shalit
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 291
Release: 2000-01-24
ISBN 10: 0684863170
ISBN 13: 9780684863177
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Return to Modesty Book Review:

Lamenting the stress-inducing pressure that modern society places on young women to be sexually active, the author calls for a renewed respect for women's privacy and their desire to take intimacy seriously.

Travelling Home Essays on Islam in Europe

Travelling Home  Essays on Islam in Europe
Author: Abdal Hakim Murad
Publsiher: The Quilliam Press
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2020-04-29
ISBN 10: 1872038212
ISBN 13: 9781872038216
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Travelling Home Essays on Islam in Europe Book Review:

A forceful study of Islamophobia in Europe in an age of populism and pandemic, considering survival strategies for Muslims on the basis of Qur’an, Hadith, and the Islamic theological, legal and spiritual legacy.

Once in a Promised Land

Once in a Promised Land
Author: Laila Halaby
Publsiher: Beacon Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2007-01-15
ISBN 10: 0807083925
ISBN 13: 9780807083925
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Once in a Promised Land Book Review:

A BookSense Notable Title for February 2007 Once in a Promised Land is the story of a couple, Jassim and Salwa, who left the deserts of their native Jordan for those of Arizona, each chasing their own dreams of opportunity and freedom. Although the two live far from Ground Zero, they cannot escape the nationwide fallout from 9/11. Jassim, a hydrologist, believes passionately in his mission to keep the water tables from dropping and make water accessible to all people, but his work is threatened by an FBI witch hunt for domestic terrorists. Salwa, a Palestinian now twice displaced, grappling to put down roots in an inhospitable climate, becomes pregnant against her husband's wishes and then loses the baby. When Jassim kills a teenage boy in a terrible accident and Salwa becomes hopelessly entangled with a shady young American, their tenuous lives in exile and their fragile marriage begin to unravel . This intimate account of two parallel lives is an achingly honest look at what it means to straddle cultures, to be viewed with suspicion, and to struggle to find save haven. From the Hardcover edition.

A Map of Home

A Map of Home
Author: Randa Jarrar
Publsiher: Other Press, LLC
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2008-09-02
ISBN 10: 1590513274
ISBN 13: 9781590513279
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Map of Home Book Review:

Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mother and a Palestinian father, narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to where she and her family fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her family's last flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a sharp, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class family, and this perspective keeps her buoyant through the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going through a checkpoint on a visit to her father's home in the West Bank; the fights with her father, who wants her to become a famous professor and stay away from boys; the end of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she gives her family when she runs away from home. Funny, charming, and heartbreaking, A Map of Home is the kind of book Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn would have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and female in the 1970s.