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Minaret - Leila Aboulela
Minaret
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Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to... show more
Leila Aboulela's American debut is a provocative, timely, and engaging novel about a young Muslim woman -- once privileged and secular in her native land and now impoverished in London -- gradually embracing her orthodox faith. With her Muslim hijab and down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich families whose houses she cleans in London. Twenty years ago, Najwa, then at university in Khartoum, would never have imagined that one day she would be a maid. An upper-class Westernized Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. But a coup forces the young woman and her family into political exile in London. Soon orphaned, she finds solace and companionship within the Muslim community. Then Najwa meets Tamer, the intense, lonely younger brother of her employer. They find a common bond in faith and slowly, silently, begin to fall in love. Written with directness and force, Minaret is a lyric and insightful novel about Islam and an alluring glimpse into a culture Westerners are only just beginning to understand.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780802170149 (0802170145)
Publisher: Black Cat, Grove/Atlantic,
Pages no: 276
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 I really wanted to like this book.
I was intrigued by the concept, where a relatively well-off and privileged Sudanese woman becomes a maid and nanny in London due to circumstances and her choices. How did we get here? What drove her to make such a choice? Was this a story of immigration and lost dreams? Not quite. Najwa was a univ...
suzemo
suzemo rated it
2.0 Minaret: A Novel
I will go ahead and just throw it out there that I don't like religion. I don't like any kind of system that is used to oppress and control people, which is what I think of (in general) when I/we/people talk of religion.So we have this privileged girl, who is being raised in a very patriarchal syst...
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