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We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir

A CANADA READS 2020 SELECTIONNATIONAL BESTSELLER How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't existSamra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small dynamic sect to be blasphemous From her parents she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity co. We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir is the winner of 2020 Canada reads battling in Canada s battle of the books for the title of the one book the country should read I have to admit I live in a Canadian bubble and my own tiny seduced bubble I had the impression that things are okay here in Canada but after the events that took place recently I have come to realize it s time for me to step out of that bubble and challenge my thoughts and assumptions So I decided to start with what I do by reading and diversify my reading which lead me to this one and Canada readsSamra Habib starts by sharing her earlier years growing up as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan She was taught to keep her identity a secret to protect herself from danger Hiding became a familiar way of survival for her and she continued hiding after reaching Canada as refugees and following the rules of her parents She began to realize she needed to find her authentic self who she identified as and with whoSamra s journey brings light to hiding and the importance of why finding who you identify as is Her story speaks to anyone who has ever felt out of place I picked up something valuable here from her and her journey and she challenged my thoughts on a few things towards racism identity and to privileges of feeling safe As a white Canadian I have some universal feelings of anxiety and safety but I don t feel unsafe taking the bus because of the colour of my skin or who I identify as We all should have that privilegeSamra s voice is uiet yet powerful compassionate kind and understanding towards the reader and it s clear she is opening up a safe place for everyone wanting to find who they identify as and for people who want to confront their assumptions and seek understanding for each other She took me out of my shoes and into the shoes of people identifying as ueer or ueer Muslim She challenged me to think about my advantages and see how different they are from hers when she first came to Canada and living hereI do want to mention Samra addresses her faith as well and at times it felt heavy with everything else that caught my attention from her story I feel I missed some things there and can t speak to that part of her story I highly recommend this memoir

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Body was a problem to be solvedSo begins an exploration of faith art love and ueer sexuality a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family both chosen and not We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest se. While I enjoyed learning about Ms Habib and would love to see her photography I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary For despite being presented as a memoir I felt it was much of an objective stating of the facts of Ms Habib s life and generalized information about difficulties in the Pakistan and Muslim cultures I did not feel like I finished this book knowing Ms Habib While this disconnect might be due to her need to protect herself it does a disservice in a memoirThanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for a copy of the book This review is my own opinion

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Uld put her in grave dangerWhen her family came to Canada as refugees Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges bullies racism the threat of poverty and an arranged marriage Backed into a corner her need for a safe space in which to grow and nurture her creative feminist spirit became dire The men in her life wanted to police her the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience and her. We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib is a Canada Reads 2020 finalistA meaningful and beautifully written account of the author s courage and perseverance to find happiness as an immigrant in Canada Her story is incredibly inspiringHer need for acceptance and her acceptance of others is heart warming She made mistakes along the way and is not afraid to admit them A coming of age memoir that describes in great detail her struggle with identity faith and familyThis could easily win Canada Reads 2020 as I feel it does Bring Canada Into Focus


10 thoughts on “We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir

  1. says:

    Swiftly recounts the photographer writer's youth in Pakistan coming of age in Canada and uest to come to terms with her sexuality on her own terms as a ueer Muslim The writing's solid but feels surface level once the focus shifts to her adulthood two thirds of the way into the memoir; she glosses over stretche

  2. says:

    We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir is the winner of 2020 Canada reads battling in Canada’s battle of

  3. says:

    An amazing memoir Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to

  4. says:

    Samra Habib artist and activist did not want to sacrifice her identity as a Muslim when she came out This is her story of her journey and how she found community I found it uplifting And this is memoir 7 of my Non fiction November reading project for 2019

  5. says:

    I have been a fan of Sam

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    We Have Always Been Here A ueer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib is a Canada Reads 2020 finalistA meaningful and beaut

  7. says:

    25 rounded upCANADA READS SHORTLISTED On the one hand this is a compelling coming of age memoir about holding multiple conflicting identities and negotiating them into one's self Habib a Pakistani Canadian takes us from grow

  8. says:

    When I asked Zainab what advice she would give to young ueer Muslims who are looking for support and community her response

  9. says:

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms Habib and would love to see her photography I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary For despite being presented as a memoir I felt it was much of an objective stating of the facts of Ms Habib's life and generalized information about difficulties in the Pakistan and Muslim

  10. says:

    Samra Habib's memoir is beautifully written sometimes raw She describes her family and the many rules in place to police a young Pakistani woman in Pakistan These rules become even important to her parents when they settle in Canada The parental and societal restrictions felt very uncomfortably familiar Her double life of

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