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My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim feminist finds herself
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My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim feminist finds herself (Hardback)

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'Brilliant and brutally honest, this memoir ropes you in with every page. The intimacy that Zeba evokes will remind you of your own sister opening her heart to you.' Meena Kandasamy, author of When I Hit You, shortlisted for The Women's Prize



28-year-old Zeba Talkhani charts her experiences growing up in Saudi Arabia amid patriarchal customs reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, and her journey to find freedom in India, Germany and the UK.

Talkhani offers a fresh perspective on living as an outsider and examines her relationship with her mother and the challenges she faced when she experienced hair loss at a young age.



Rejecting the traditional path her culture had chosen for her, Talkhani became financially independent and married on her own terms in the UK. Drawing on her personal experiences Talkhani shows how she fought for the right to her individuality as a Muslim feminist and refused to let negative experiences define her.

BiographyMemoirsLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsReligion & BeliefsIslam Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: 27/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9781473684065  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Zeba Talkhani has written for the Saudi Gazette, The Manipal Journal, gal-dem, Wasafiri and the Nasty Women anthology. She works in publishing and is a passionate advocate for BAME voices in the publishing industry. She was born in Sirsi, South India, in 1991. She currently lives in London.

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Customer Reviews

This is an absolutely terrific book - a charming and gently humorous new writer exploring a trajectory of self-discovery that exemplifies the modern age. Zeba speaks of her journey to adulthood among the rebukes, restrictions, and revelations within the various societies in which she's made her home through the first three decades of her life. She shares stories of loss, change, family, and growing awareness with the openness and simplicity of a lively conversation. This book is perfect reading material for teenagers making their own way, and for their parents, who want to understand and discover the concerns that motivate and mobilise their own children. It's a comforting resource for people who might not fully understand the family dynamics that surround them, while standing as a testament to staying true to oneself while showing love in a myriad of different ways and by different means.

- 14/07/2019
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