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We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  11 reviews
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist?

Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity
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Expected publication: June 4th 2019 by Viking
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    Basma
    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her work and why she ended up writing a memoir. I've had this book on my to-read list since I first heard it was coming out in 2017. So I'm glad I was able to get my hands on a copy on Netgalley and I think I'll get a co ...more
    Meena Khan
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whole account sounds fake and comes across as if it was just inserted as a way to use Islam to promote the book. Why talk about Shia Muslims if she does not know anything about their teachings? It was very offensive to ...more
    Hamza Jahanzeb
    Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told to you by a nearby friend. The way in which Habib reflects on the earlier years in her life, provide for great insight into what life was like being the Ahmadi Muslin in an intolerant Pakistan. Her relationships, ...more
    Megan White
    Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I discovered Samra Habib through netgalley, I saw the description and cover for this book and thought I need an ARC of this ASAP. I was so lucky that Penguin Random House Canada decided I was deserving.

    First off how am I Canadian and did not know who Samra Sabib was , after reading this book she is a legend in my eyes. Normally I’d be saying I was ashamed because I hadn’t heard her but she taught me there is no shame. Her writing is eloquent and raw and so real.

    This book literally cut me open
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    Andrea
    Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc-s, net-galley
    *I received this book from NetGalley in return for a honest review*

    Samra was born and raised in Pakistan but then moved with her family to Toronto as refugees. She is suddenly faced with a world so different than what she knew and so much more than she thought the world could offer.

    Samra ends up escaping an arranged marriage and finding a tribe of people that help her discover who she is and how she can reconcile her queerness and her faith.

    This is a beautiful memoir. It took me a little bit to
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    Moira
    Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. When I started this book I knew nothing about Samra Habib’s story. Her writing style is very relatable and you are easily immersed into her life. I learned so much about the Muslim culture and went on a journey of the authors journey of self discovery. If you are looking for an authentic voice you have found it.
    Marie
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Magnifique témoignage de Samra Habib sur sa vie au Pakistan puis au Canada. J'ai trouvé fort pertinent la lecture de cet ouvrage, où la perception d'une jeune femme de couleur, queer et musulmane s'exprime ouvertement sur ses expériences de la vie. Je recommande chaudement pour tous!
    Bex Wiles
    Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    We Have Always Been Here - this title encapsulates what felt, to me, like the core message of this book: queer Muslims have always been here but Samra Habib's story is about the political act of taking up space in a world that doesn't see you.

    Samra Habib's writing takes us eloquently through her childhood in Pakistan, to her experiences of life as a young refugee in Canada and then to the years spent unpacking her identity as a queer Muslim woman. Powerful and poignant aren't quite strong enoug
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    Ann
    Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced me to confront my attitudes towards organized religion in a way I hadn't before.
    That said, it also confuses me that there was a lot of time spent on the struggles of poverty, but it seems to me that once Habib was
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    Stephanie(yuqing) Lin
    Samra Habib did a phenomenal job conveying her upbringing and experience as a queer Mulsim woman who must fight with herself every day because of the difference in societal expectations. Her voice is so unique, as she talks about her lack of security, her feeling of safety, her search for identity, her coming to terms with her identity in a space where she is not accepted. Her writing is phenomenal and elicited so many emotions out from me. I've learned so much, related to her, and felt her expe ...more
    Dorie
    Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
    by Samra Habib
    due 6-4-2019
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    5.0 / 5.0

    Samra Habibś journey of self-discovery, while remaining loyal to her deep religious beliefs, is stunning and emotional and revealing. It made me re-consider my thoughts on Islam, organized religion and social privilege.

    Samra shares her childhood in Pakistan, growing up in a climate of fear, feeling like an outsider because of her families belief and following of the Ahmadi Movement. It was legal to tortu
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