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4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny, thoughtful and thought-provoking, 21 Feb. 2009
This book is very readable, at times laugh-out-loud funny. It's thoroughly refreshing to read something that takes one beyond the usual cliches that surround Muslim women, and read about the genuine engagement of the author with her faith and culture(s). From the other side of the gender fence, many of her comments about the communities she writes about (Muslim and British) ring true, even if young Muslim men do come off pretty badly in some ways. That's because it's definitely not a man-bashing book, and the critique and thoughts the author advances are directed as much toward herself as anyone else. As a Muslim not brought up in a Muslim family, I would guess this would make a very good read for anyone interesting in learning about the human side of daily Muslim life without the politicised stuff that normally obscures it. It also makes good reading for any Muslim of whatever stripe who wants to be provoked to think about some important aspects of the fundamental rhythms and textures of our community - where they've come from and where they might need to go.