We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
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 ...more
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Giveaway dates: May 06 - Jun 01, 2019
Countries available: Canada
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more