Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman

Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman

by Sheema Khan

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Literary Nonfiction. Middle Eastern Studies. African American Studies. Asian American Studies. In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan--Canadian hockey mom and Harvard PhD--gives us her own pointed insights on the condition of being a modern and liberal, yet practising Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism, human rights, Islamic law, women's rights, and the meaning of hijab, she explains Islam to the greater public while calling for mutual understanding and tolerance. She tells us "Why Muslims are angry," and "You can't pigeonhole 1.2 billion Muslims" (post 9/11), while calling on Muslims to "acknowledge the rise of fanaticism." She explains the plausibility of Islamic financing and applies the Charter of Rights to Canada. "Can there be Islamic democracy?" she asks, and then, "Will Quebec adopt France's peculiar brand of liberty?" Provocative and original, even-handed and conciliatory, these essays are an important contribution to an urgent modern debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781894770569
Publisher: Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sheema Khan writes a monthly column for The Globe and Mail on issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in chemical physics, along with numerous patents on drug delivery technology. She has served on the Board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and is the founder and former chair of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN). She has testified as an expert witness on Muslims in Canada and has appeared before a number of parliamentary committees She is currently a patent agent in Ottawa.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION v

THE HIGHJACKING OF ISLAM

Was He Not a Human Soul? 1
The Abuse of Islamic Language 3
Reforming Islam 6
The Virtuous Jihad 8
The Seduction of Terror: How to Counter It 11
Bin Laden vs The Prophet (1): A War of Ideas 14
Bin Laden vs The Prophet (2): Two Opposing Visions . . . 17
Acknowledging Fanaticism 20

LIVING IN FEAR: CANADIAN WHILE MUSLIM

Don't Shackle Us to 9/11 27
Canadian While Muslim 30
Living with Fear 32
Double Standards 35
Ugly Then, Ugly Now 38
I&tgrave;s Still Nasty to Out There 41
Exposing Anti-Muslim Discomfort 44
Deliver Us from Suspicion 46
Canadian Double-talk 49
The Government's Discrimination 51
Outsourcing Torture: Government Duplicity 55

ISLAM IN THE WORLD

This Way Forward for Muslims 61
Why Muslims are Angry 64
Love-Hate 67
Islamic Financing 70
Neighbourly Love and Mideast Debate 73
Islamic Democracy? 75
Fearing Dubai 79
Using the Lessons of Canada to Heal the Wounds . . . 82
Funny 84
The Soul in Science 87

THE CANADIAN WAY

I Was a Teenage Hijabi Hockey Player 95
There Really is a Canadian Way 97
Looking to the Charter 100
Facing New Identities 102
Make Room for the Spiritual When Educating Our Young 105
China's Hui and a Muslim model for Canada 108
A Leader Who Knows How to Serve 110
Democracy, Peace, and Sharia Law 112
There's Nothing Like Watching the Montreal Canadiens . . . 114

THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Putting Women First 121
Storming the Harvard Bastion 123
Sharia-phobia 126
Banning Hijab: the New Colonialism 130
No Veiled Threats 133
Hijabs: Don't Kick Up a Fuss 136
Our Right to Flash Some Veil 138
Don't Misread the Koran 141
Uprooting Age-old Customs from Within 143
The Koran Does Not Sanction Wife-Beating 146
A Hero for Our Times 148
What Closed-Minded Liberals Can Learn from . . . 151
The Sorrow and Pity of "Honour" 153

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