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Monday, June 12, 2006

Nearly a year ago I sent in one of my pieces for publication for an anthology on Muslim women's resistance post 9/11. It was chosen for publication and the editor just wrote to me to inform me that the book has finally been released!! I should be receiving my copy from the publishers soon though I'm itching to order it off Amazon right now.

Anyway, a lot of great women worked on this anthology and we'll be promoting it via various book readings throughout the country, so you should check it out. And no, I'm not shamelessly plugging this for extra cash. I get only a one-time payment for this and even if the book sells like hotcakes I won't be getting any royalties. Check it out cuz it gave us women a forum to air our grievances.

Editorial Reviews

Book Description

Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today's politically and religiously charged environment. The contributors in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Canada, and the United States.

Sarah Husain conceptualized this collection as a means of redefining the stereotypical depictions of Muslim women that inundate current western discourse on the Islamic “other.” She seeks to dispel the image of the veil as the age-old symbol of Muslim women's repression and move beyond sterile representations and narrow debates about the contemporary realities of Muslim women. These women engage in discourses concerning their bodies and their communities. A woman mourns the death of a cousin killed in a suicide bombing; a transsexual remembers with fondness the donning of the veil he no longer wears as a Muslim man; a woman confronts sexism and hypocrisy on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia; and the experience of being judged on the basis of skin color and political and religious affiliation that is far more blatant and ubiquitous since the September 11 terrorist attacks.
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xx-something egyptia-yorker who's spent over half her life stuck in two worlds not of her own making. unable and unwilling to fully embrace one identity over the other, she created (is trying to create) her own place in the world where people love each other unconditionally, irrespective of artificial boundaries, and where dancing merengue is as necessary to life as breathing air.

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