For Zaiba Malik, growing up in Bradford in the '70s and '80s certainly has its moments - staying up all night during Ramadan with her father; watching mad Mr Aziz searching for his goat during Eid; dancing along to Top of the Pops (so long as no-one's watching). And, of course, there's her mother - whether she's writing another ingratiating letter to the Queen or referring to Tom Jones as 'Thumb Jone'.
But Zaiba's story is also one of anxiety and seemingly irreconcilable opposites. Growing up she is constantly torn between two identities: 'British' and 'Muslim'. Alienated at school and confused at home, the racism she encounters as a child mirrors the horrors she experiences at the hands of Bangladeshi interrogators as a journalist years later.
Five years after the 7/7 attacks galvanized debates about Muslim-British identity, We Are A Muslim, Please is a stirring and enchanting memoir. We see, through Zaiba's childhood eyes, the poignancy of growing up in a world whose prejudices, contradictions and ambiguities are at once distressing and utterly captivating.Contraportada:
'We are a Muslim.'
It was an announcement Umejee used to make, say, once every couple of months or whenever she felt the need. She might declare it to us individually or in a family setting as we watched TV or ate our evening meal. And that was fine.
Completely unnecessary but fine. We all knew what we were.
How could we not?
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Descripción William Heinemann, 2010. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Shipped from the UK within 2 business days of order being placed. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0000016310