Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
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Girl in the Tangerine Scarf

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by Mojha Kahf
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0786715197

ISBN-13: 9780786715190

Pub. Date: 09/12/2006

Publisher: PublicAffairs


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.”

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786715190
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
191,012
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Girl in the Tangerine Scarf 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel by a Syrian American, Muslim woman is well worth reading. It is loosely autobiographical giving an insider point of view of what it is like growing up in a puritan home (in an attempt to create a utopian Islamic home and culture, whatever that means) in Indiana. The book is written for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It is an easier read for Muslims because of their familiarity with Arabic terms for prayer, charity, etc. I believe it is a bit of harder read for readers not familiar with Islam. It is a pity that the book does not have a glossary.