Category Archives: Muslim fiction

September Round Up: The Muslim Woman’s Double Bind

13 books in September! 12 female-authored 2 Bruneian novels (The Last Bastion of Ingei and Jewel: An attempt at a halal romance – review for The Scoop here) 3 books on Islam 1 book on Erotic Stories for Punjabi widows (I just love … Continue reading

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The right book at the right time: a mid-month check-in

Closer to the 2/3rd point, really, but who’s counting? At the 2/3rd point of the month, then, I’ve read 15 books. It’s been a good crop this month. Some stand-outs include: Elizabeth Strout’s My Name is Lucy Barton – Strout … Continue reading

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Some Muslim fiction

Some Muslim fiction I’ve read recently Ayisha Malik, The Other Half of Happiness I had a tough time with this one, partially because of my expectations. I think this was a real-world reminder of something I teach in my Popular Fiction … Continue reading

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Feminist Book Club: Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Yesterday the feminist book club met up for the fourth month in a row, yay! This time at Rack and Brew in Gadong, to eat fries and soft shell crab kolomee, drink green tea and ginger bread lattes, and to … Continue reading

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Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie meet Muslims: Helen Simonson and “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand”

The cover on my Kindle version of Helen Simonson’s “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” is truly atrocious. So atrocious that I’m actually going to share a picture of it with you. Anyway, for comparison’s sake, I’m also going to share pictures … Continue reading

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Muslim fiction: “Sofia Khan is Not Obliged” by Ayisha Malik

About halfway through reading this one, I started texting my friends. I said, “I really wanted to like this book, because hijabi protagonist! Muslim fiction! But it’s so. damn. shallow.” I was feeling really bummed, because up until about halfway, … Continue reading

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