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full of stereotypes and superficiality
on 9 October 2013
I bought this book when it was on offer, thinking it would be interesting, but was very disappointed. I think it is tedious and badly written, and above all full of stereotypes...not all Westerners do nothing but drink and take drugs, not all Pakistanis are noble, honorable and gentle! She also seems very self-centred, dwelling at length on all the celebrities and rock stars she mixed with...
Many of the remarks about Islam seem pretty naive to me, focusing too much on the 'superstitious' side of religion (surely the fact a cat comes to be stroked by you is not a sign it has been attracted by your prayers!) She also puts too much stress on the superficial side, as when she says, for example, that her friend is more or less inspired to embrace Islam after seeing the 'long robes' of Moroccan men and women and the way they put their hand on their heart in greeting! Is that really what it's all about?
She also regurgitates rather extremist poitions (would MOST Muslims really object to air kisses on the cheeks from a member of the opposite sex??? not the ones I know), and the picture of Muslim men that emerges is very depressing indeed (especially Rachid the Moroccan husband).
What is more, there are glaring inaccuracies, which make me suspicious about the validity of the rest too. She claims to have been right to the heart of the Alhambra, including the Court of Lions, at 11pm when no other tourists were there (of course not, it is closed to the public by then!). And her parents on holiday in Agadir tell her that all the women there are all covered up and so she must do the same?????? Anyone who has been on holiday to Agadir, which is a place for beach holidays, full of bars and nightclubs where tourists and Moroccan women alike can dress as they wish, will raise their eyebrows at this.
Sorry, but I did not find this at all convincing.