The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the... show more
Syrian immigrant Khadra Shamy is growing up in a devout, tightly knit Muslim family in 1970s Indiana, at the crossroads of bad polyester and Islamic dress codes. Along with her brother Eyad and her African-American friends, Hakim and Hanifa, she bikes the Indianapolis streets exploring the fault-lines between Muslim” and American.” When her picture-perfect marriage goes sour, Khadra flees to Syria and learns how to pray again. On returning to America she works in an eastern state taking care to stay away from Indiana, where the murder of her friend Tayiba’s sister by Klan violence years before still haunts her. But when her job sends her to cover a national Islamic conference in Indianapolis, she’s back on familiar ground: Attending a concert by her brother’s interfaith band The Clash of Civilizations, dodging questions from the aunties” and uncles,” and running into the recently divorced Hakim everywhere. Beautifully written and featuring an exuberant cast of characters, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf charts the spiritual and social landscape of Muslims in middle America, from five daily prayers to the Indy 500 car race. It is a riveting debut from an important new voice.
Publish date: September 12th 2006
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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It's been a few weeks since I read this book, but I find that I still have mixed feelings about it. First, I have to question who the book was intended for. This tale of a Syrian-American girl trying to find her place in both American and Muslim society was written in English, but did Kahf intend he...
Syria.An awkwardly written novel that becomes more compelling as it gathers steam, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf is worth reading for content, though not for style. Kahf provides a look at Muslim communities in the Midwest and elsewhere, racism and sexism directed both to and from Muslims, and the...