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The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write
Contributor(s): Mahfouz, Sabrina (Editor)

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ISBN: 0863561462     ISBN-13: 9780863561467
Publisher: Al Saqi
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: July 2017


Emma Watson’s Jan/Feb 2019 pick for her feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf

A Guardian UK Best Book of the Year

From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground-breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the ‘Muslim Woman’.

Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6. Follow the career of an actress with Middle-Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride. Among stories of honour killings and ill-fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart-warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.

From Algiers to Brighton, these stories transcend time and place revealing just how varied the search for belonging can be. Alongside renowned authors such as Kamila Shamsie, Ahdaf Soueif and Leila Aboulela are emerging voices, published here for the first time.

Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for her play Chef and her play Clean transferred to New York in 2014. Her poetry has been performed and produced for TV, radio and film, including in the recent Railway Nation: A Journey in Verse on BBC2. Mahfouz has an essay in the award-winning The Good Immigrant and has published eight works of drama with Bloomsbury. She lives in London.

Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Religion | Islam
Dewey: 808
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.25" W x 1.00" (0.62 lbs) 252 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Sabrina Mahfouz: British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. She was awarded the 2014 Fringe First Award for Chef, and her most recent work, Clean, was produced by Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh) and transferred to New York in 2014. In 2012, David Schwimmer made his directorial stage debut with a production of Sabrina's monologue Dry Ice. Her first book was published by Bloomsbury in 2014.

Ahdaf Soueif: Renowned Egyptian political and cultural commentator, and author of bestselling The Map of Love, shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1999. www.ahdafsoueif.com

Kamila Shamsie: Author of six novels, including Burnt Shadows (shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction) and, most recently, A God in Every Stone, which was shortlisted for the Baileys Prize, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 2013 was named a Granta Best of Young British Novelist. She grew up in Karachi and now lives in London.

Warsan Shire: Award-winning British-Somali writer, poet and editor. Full collection of poetry to be released in 2016 by Flipped Eye. Winner of the African Poetry Prize and 2013 London Young Poet Laureate. Her poetry featured prominently in Beyoncé's 2016 feature length film Lemonade. www.twitter.com/warsan_shire

Hibaq Osman: Former Roundhouse Slam Champion and author of A Silence You Can Carry, published by Outspoken Press in 2015.

Nafeesa Hamid: Emerging spoken word artist, poet, playwrite, BA student. www.twitter.com/NafeesaHamid

Chimene Suleyman: Chimene Suleyman is a writer. Her debut poetry collection, Outside Looking On (Influx Press, 2014) was mentioned in a Guardian's Best Books list of 2014. She has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, Book Slam, Literary Death Match, Bush Theatre, to name a few. She also represented the UK for poetry at the International Biennale, Rome 2011. She has written on race and gender for the Independent, Media Diversified, and The Quietus. Chimene is from London and currently lives in New York. www.chimenesuleyman.com

Aisha Mirza: Writer, musician and activist from London. She blogs at aboatwithnoengine.wordpress.com

Myriam Francois-Cerrah: Writer, broadcaster and academic with a focus on current affairs, France, Islam and the Middle East. She writes a monthly column for the New Statesman’s rolling politics blog, “The Staggers”, and is a regular contributor to Middle East Eye.

Amerah Salah: A spoken word artist, workshop facilitator, project coordinator and outspoken human rights supporter. www.amerahsalah.co.uk

Triska Hamid: Regular contributor to Vice www.vice.com/en_uk/tag/Triska%20Hamid

Samira Shackle: Journalist writing mainly on politics, terrorism, and gender, with a particular focus on the Indian Subcontinent. She was awarded the Richard Beeston bursary by the Times newspaper in 2015 and frequently writes for the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Times, Vice and Deutsche Welle. Her work has also appeared in Al-Jazeera, the Independent, Prospect, Monocle, Grazia, Dawn (Pakistan), the Express Tribune (Pakistan) and others. samirashackle.com

Amaal Said: Danish-born Somali photographer and poet. She is a member of the Burn After Reading poetry collective and a former Barbican Young Poet. She won the Wasafiri New Writing Prize for poetry in 2015. www.amaalsaid.com

Azra Tabassum: Debut poetry collection Shaking the Trees published in 2014.

Aakifah Aboobaker: Winner of Poetry Society's SLAMbassadors 2013 (and the first poet to perform on stage in a full burqa in the UK).

*More contributors TBC*

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