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A Match Made In Heaven
A Match Made In Heaven

A Match Made In Heaven

British Muslim Women Write About Love and Desire

Edited by Claire Chambers, Edited by Nafhesa Ali, Edited by Richard Phillips


284 Pages, 5 x 7.75

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $18.95 (US $18.95) (CA $24.95)

Publication Date: December 2020

ISBN 9781916467194

Rights: US, CA & CAR

HopeRoad (Dec 2020)


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An anthology of stories presenting non-stereotypical looks at the intimate lives of Muslim women

Star-studded and beautifully written, this collection offers diverse stories about love and desire by South Asian-heritage British Muslim women authors, including Ayisha Malik (Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged) and Shelina Janmohamed (Love in a Headscarf). 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 humor 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.

Author Biography

Claire Chambers teaches postcolonial literature the University of York. Nafhesa Ali is a sociologist who researches gender, age, the life course, and methods. Richard Phillips is a geographer whose research interests include contemporary multiculturalism and the world after Empire.