A Match Made in Heaven: British Muslim Women Write About Love and Desire

Claire Chambers, Nafhesa Ali, Richard Phillips

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Star-studded and beautifully written, this collection of diverse stories about love and desire by South Asian-heritage British Muslim women authors, including Ayisha Malik and Shelina Janmohamed .

Although outsiders often expect Muslim women to be timid, conservative, or submissive, the reality is different. While some of these authors express a quiet piety and explore poignant situations, others use black humour and biting satire, or play with possibilities. Still others shade into the territory of a Muslim Fifty Shades of Grey, creating grey areas where the mainstream media sees only black and white.

If grooming-gang scandals grab headlines, characters are more scandalized by suitors’ sloppy personal grooming. Finding the right crimson lipstick for a date or the perfect power outfit for meeting a cheating ex-husband are commoner preoccupations than the news.

Stylish but far from shallow, the stories also reflect on migration, racism, arranged marriage, gender differences, lesbian desire, bearding, and many other subjects .
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHope Road
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)9781913109073
ISBN (Print)9781916467194
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes


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