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Love in a Headscarf

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When Shelina Janmohamed, an Oxford-educated Muslim living in the bubbling ethnic mix of North London, opted for the traditional “arranged” route to finding a partner, she never suspected it would be the journey of her life.
 
Through ten long years of matchmaking buxom aunties, countless mismatches, and outrageous dating disasters, Shelina discovers more about herself and he
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Beacon Press (first published October 1st 2009)
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Aurora65 Shelina's story starts at age 19, facing marriage. If the reader is old enough to seriously contemplate marriage and what that entails, then that's…moreShelina's story starts at age 19, facing marriage. If the reader is old enough to seriously contemplate marriage and what that entails, then that's the right age. The book is intellectual, and emotional. Nothing in it is graphic. FYI, your response is from a western non-Muslim. As a mother with a daughter in this age range, I enjoyed the book, and her insights. So there's no upper limit!(less)

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Kristine
Shelina is a thoroughly modern Muslim - a British Indian Muslim. Her ancestors were from India and converted to Islam and moved to Tanzania. When Tanzania was granted independence from Britain, Shelina's father chose to take the offer as a British citizen to move to England. Moving into that environment has caused her family to closely examine which Muslim practices are/were part of their culture, and which were actually a part of Islam. This was the second book I've ever read about Muslim women ...more
Arabian Rihanna
Jan 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a memoir of a British Indian Muslim woman looking for a husband.

The book started with a very juvenile style. The author's Islamic reasoning was a little too simplistic — like that of a teenager. I actually thought the book was excerpts from Shelina's diary when she was 19.

The book lacks a clear time-frame. All I know is that it started when Shelina was a college student, it mentioned half-way through the book that the internet was still new, and it was published in 2009.
Also, I only know
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Karen
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My motivation to read “Love in a Headscarf” was pure curiosity. I tend to judge people as individuals rather than as part of a group and really had no prior knowledge of Islam before 9/11. Since that terrible day a lot of (mostly negative) statements have been made about Muslim belief and it seemed appropriate to listen to the voice of someone who actually lives that life.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author’s sense of humor in finding a husband created a story that entertained while also
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Sara
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: دارمشان
وقتی خریدم فکر می کردم رمان است. ولی نیست. روایت زندگی خود نویسنده است در دورانی که می خواهد ازدواج کند.

خوب ها
بخش هایی که اسلام را توضیح می داد یا داستان های قرآن را با زندگی خودش مقایسه می کرد...نسان دادن تفاوت و حتی تضاد و تناقض سنت با دین.

بد ها
روش های شلینا برای رسیدن به هدفش به خصوص در نیمه ی دوم کتاب...ریتم کند روایت در بخش هایی از کتاب.

پی نوشت: حدود یک سالی صبر کردم تا "عشق زیر روسری" با جلد اصلیش چاپ شود بعد بخرم. ( ظاهربینی روشنفکرانه:))
Ebthal
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
كتاب جيد ربما يفيد الغير مسلمات أكثر
فلقد كانت قرائته نوع من التذكير لما نعاني منه أو يحدث لنا كفتيات عربيات أو مسلمات.

كتاب ذو عنوان لطيف وإن كنت أفضل اعنوان الانجليزي له
love in a headscarf
و غلاف أنيق ذو ألوان رقيقة

في البداية ظننته كتاب فكاهي أو ساخر من نوعية (عايزة أتجوز) ولكن النسخة الانجليزية,
ولكني فوجئت به كتاب يتحدث عن الزواج في الإسلام كما هو مكتوب علي الغلاف مصحوبا ببعض المواقف الشخصية

تحدث الكتاب عن شروط فارس الأحلام التي تضعها معظم الفتيات,
وعلاقتيّ الحب والزواج من منظور إسلامي مخلوطاً بم
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Fahime
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
شلینا، دختر مسلمان هندی-آفریقایی ساکن لندن، به سن ازدواج می رسد. شلینا دختر مستقلی است. دانشجوی آکسفورد. اما به هر حال درگیر کلیشه های رایج ازدواج می شود: شوهرت باید از تو بزرگتر باشد، بلندتر، باهوش تر و ... شلینا شش ایده آل برای همسر آینده اش در نظر گرفته و بعد تر، که سنش بیشتر و بیشتر می شود، باز هم از ایده آل هایش دست نمی کشد. برای پیدا کردن همسر آینده اش از هیچ روشی صرف نظر نمی کند: خواستگاری سنتی، بلایند دیت، سایت های همسریابی، آژانس های همسریابی و ... روایت شلینا بسیار خواندنی ست. اما در خ ...more
Shaimaa Ali
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اولا احب ان اسجل اعتراضى الشديد على عنوان الكتاب عند ترجمته الى العربية (اريد عريس) .. هذا الكتاب لا يشابه كتاب غادة عبد العال وان تماثل الموضوع .. ولا ادرى ما المشكلة فى ترجمته بالانجليزية (الحب من خلال الحجاب) .. الا اذا كان لدى الناشر مشكلة مع الحجاب مثلاً !

احببت الكتاب كثيراً ، الشخصية المثقفة واسعة الذكاء والاهتمامات : شيلينا هى مثال للكثير من الفتيات المصريات الان ، وبعكس الجو المصرى الخاص بنا (البكاء على اللبن المسكوب او اضاعة العمر فى الاكتئاب) تواجه شيلينا موقفها بشجاعة وبالكثير من الاي
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theinspirationtree
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read my full review of Love In A Headscarf at theinspirationtree.wordpress.com

Reading about Shelina’s life was a very pleasant experience. She began her book by envisaging that she is telling us her story over a cup of coffee and, while reading, I actually felt like I was sitting with her in such a place, listening to her relate her story. I laughed at all the right places, shook my head sadly when things got a little depressing, brooded thoughtfully over her reasoning and rejoiced when she fin
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Frahmani110
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب جالبی بود در کل، با اینکه بعضی قسمتها زیادی درباره آداب مسلمانها و مراسمشون توضیح میداد (که برای ماها که آشنا هستیم خسته کننده میشه اما چون نویسنده کتاب رو در واقع برای مخاطبان غیرمسلمان نوشته قابل توجیهه ). حس میکنم زمانی که کتاب رو خوندم زمان مناسبیه و بهش نیاز داشتم، اینکه آدم دغدغه ها و افکار خودشو از زبان دیگری بشنوه تجربه جالبیه
Sarah
May 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review is also published on my blog: http://amuslimahwrites.wordpress.com/...

So here, in my own words, is the underlying premise of Love in a Headscarf: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single, practicing, devout Muslim woman in possession of intelligence, wit, and beauty must be in want of a husband who has the same qualities. As well as romance. Lots of romance.

The novel is an account of the author's search for "the One" through highly structured and family and community-or
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Shelina Zahra Janmohamed is the author of "Love in a Headscarf", a humorous and irreverent memoir about growing up as a Muslim woman. She writes regularly for EMEL magazine, a leading glossy Muslim lifestyle magazine. She also writes for the Times Online, the National (based in the UAE) and has written for the Guardian and Comment is Free.

She has her own award-winning blog which is now four years
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