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The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth - Personal Stories by Canadian Muslim Women

Thursday, September 21, 2017
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.


Join Azmina Kassam and Meharoona Ghani for the Banyen launch of The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth.

A collection of 21 personal stories told by women from practically all backgrounds and persuasions—devout and not-so devout, professionals and housewives, westernized and traditional, wearing jeans, hijab, or niqab, straight and gay, and originally from Africa, North America, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia—revealing in their own ways what it means to them to be a Muslim woman (a “Muslimah”).

What we get is a complex of stories, all challenging conventions and stereotypes, and united by two ideas—Islam (or the Quran) and nationality (Canadian).

“The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth presents a kaleidoscopic view of Koranic interpretation, marriage and family, the role of women, and experiences of Islamophobia and tolerance.” – The Globe and Mail

Azmina Kassam is a Canadian Ismaili Muslim. Born In Nairobi, Kenya. She immigrated to Canada in 1982. Kassam holds a certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. She believes that writing has offered her a means to understand and decode information as well as being a powerful tool to communicate ideas, thoughts and stories.

Meharoona Ghani, a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio (2013) and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive (2014), is a poetess who has been featured in six anthologies and has won writing competitions. Meharoona is working on her book: Letters to Rumi in which she re-claims, re-occupies the space between Canadian-South Asian, her hybrid identity found in this hyphen and on the margins. Select excerpts of Letters to Rumi are featured in The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth by Mawenzi House Publishers, Ltd.