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Hijabistan

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A young kleptomaniac infuses thrill into her suffocating life by using her abaya to steal lipsticks and flash men. An office worker feels empowered through sex, shunning her inhibitions but not her hijab ... until she realizes that the real veil is drawn across her desires and not her body. A British-Asian Muslim girl finds herself drawn to the jihad in Syria only to reali ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 25th 2019 by Harper India
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Anuja Chandramouli
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sabyn Javeri’s Hijabistan briskly ushers the reader into the land of the veiled for a voyeuristic peek into the intimate lives of those who are supposedly cowering behind the layers of fabric imposed on them by religion and patriarchy. Told over the span of sixteen, succulent stories, the book dedicates itself to the task of stripping away stereotypes pertaining to Muslim women who are often viewed as submissive victims of centuries of brutal repression, wretchedly resigned to the deprivation of ...more
Booxoul
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
An Anthology of 16 short stories written by Sabyn Javeri; some from previous publications. As the title suggest, these stories are all on the common theme of girls and women in Hijabs. However that is where the commonality ends.

The Date: An office worker feels empowered by her sexuality despite her hijab or because of it.

The Urge: A growing up tale of a kleptomaniac who succumbs to her urges as she goes about claiming freedom.

Radha: A sex worker who refuses to bow down to circumstances and give
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Ruchi Patel
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-owned
I was waiting to put this post till today as today is the “Holi” the festival of colours and every time I see this book, this reminds me of Holi.
Talking about this book, Very first point I found attractive and no one can ignore is it has such a wonderful cover design. The colourful cover with sketch looks wonderful and significant to the stories.

The book has several short stories. The title “Hijabistan” has word the “Hijab” in it. That means “Veil” or covering. Stories are generally based of Pak
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Barsha Roy Chowdhury
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sabyn Javeri’s ‘Hijabistan’ is a collection of short stories themed on the ‘Hijabi’ culture or ‘women in a veil’. Set in Pakistan and the UK, these sixteen short stories explores the life of women crushed under their abaya. The book talks about women liberation, though it was anything but that. Before you proceed on reading my review, let me tell you that you might not agree with my opinion about this book but well! Not everyone has the same taste. The book centers women who feels trapped in the ...more
Afia Aslam
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A really interesting collection of short stories that explores Muslim, mostly Pakistani, female sexuality across a spectrum. It's well worth a read because, frankly, I don't think there's anything like this out there. There's much in here that people won't agree with, and in the current atmosphere it's nothing short of an act of courage to publish a book of this kind.
MRIDULA
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-release, 2-stars
A book that has been marketed as a leading voice of feminism should at least have those elements in it.
This review might turn into a rant, but well!
The story starts with women who feel that their hijab or abaya is a cage, trapping their sexuality. The theme suddenly moves to be told what to do and what not to by the male(and sometimes the female) members of the family. But i don't think that's a reason to make sexually explicit choices, which happens again and again throughout the book.
These 'tr
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Belladonnaoflavender
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The hijab constricts as it liberates! 👊
🔖 Loved the colorful cover! 👀 ( Most of you might know how a good cover seduces me)
🔖 The book isn't a novel, it's a conspicuous grouping of stories which you might goes is based on Muslim Women and centers around Hijabi culture
🔖 The author is valiant, word powering through a series of characters which I wouldn't have known, coming from a free-er Hindu community
🔖 The writing is honest and so well edited!

This book blew my mind. Even though not everyone will l
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xiao zhu
Short story collection that started well but unfortunately didn't quite live up to the expectations set by the beautiful cover. I'm about half and half on this one; some are very good, while others seem to have been shoe-horned in, almost as if "and she wore a hijab" was just added after the fact, haha.
Priya Arun
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hijabistan by Sabyn Javeri is a collection short stories dealt with emotions of Muslim women hidden behind their Hijab.
The book contains 16 short stories each having their own significance. Certain stories were meaningful and engaging yet some stories lacked explanation. All the stories were filled with erotic feelings concealed by Muslim women unveiled through the authors thought, that one denies divulging.
The Hijab concept practiced only in Muslim community and these women are bound to it. Up
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Geeta Thakkar
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
When the cover reveal of this book was done, I was stunned! Such a gorgeous cover. The colors, the art,the title everything is perfect. The title of the book ‘Hijabistan’ is perfect, as its an anthology of 16 stories of women who wear Hijab.

Some stories are from Pakistan and some from around the world. The only thing common between them is the Hijab. Each story is different and unique in itself. The stories are about these 16 different women- how they feel, what a Hijab is for them, their sexual
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Hema
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 🌠🌠🌠.
Such a pretty colourful cover. This book is a collection of stories based upon women and especially women who belong to the Muslim community and set in Karachi or Pakistan...i liked the theme of these stories because they deal with some topics which are like taboo, or is it reality. Talking about periods, same gender love, equality, love etc are some of the topics which are still not openly discussed. And here the author has woven stories with all these topics. To be honest I was expecti
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Rutuja Ramteke
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
💕Hijabistan By Sabyn Javeri💕
💕Category: Short stories
💕Publisher: Harper Collins
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Introduction: The hijab constricts as it liberates. Not just a piece of garment, it is a worldview, an emblem of the assertion of a Muslim woman's identity, and equally a symbol of oppression. Set in Pakistan and the UK, this is a short stories collection all about women & their Hijab.
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My Opinion: Here comes the most anticipated read of 2019, this book was all over the social media & I too was extremely willin
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Huma IZ
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Intriguing short stories about what lies beneath the hijab, the characters, their thoughts. Some wear it as compulsion feel restricted while some as an option to protect themselves and some as a choice which becomes part of who they are. Wonderful stories.
John  Trident
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Mere clothes are not enough when one's mind is insecure. The body mustn't only be covered up, it must be locked up.

Remember, a boy is a provider. A boy will bring you status. A girl is a liabity.

Girls wrapped in a hijab. A thing to be hidden from the rest of the world - a man's honour but not his pride.

'A beautiful girl like you should be hidden from prying eyes.'

'We're all made up of stories. The stories we tell others, the stories we tell ourselves and, most importantly, the stories we hide.
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Aliya Saad
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting book. Not my favourite book by the author though ('Nobody Killed Her' had far more polished prose). But I enjoyed Coach Annie, Malady of the Heart, The Good Wife, The Full Stop and The Hijab and Her. In all, this is an important book.
LibroReview
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Genre - Fiction (Collection of short stories)

A head covering worn in public by some Muslim women - A Hijab. While a hijab has a simple meaning as this, different people around the world have created their own definition of of it. However, out of all the perceptions, I did not know what it may mean to the women wearing it and how different women may have a totally different perception towards a Hijab. This book made me realise so.

Hijabistan is a collection of 16 short stories, with one or two tha
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Rubab
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's a must read. Finally someone showed women who is not vicitm but survivor or fighter. And hijab is choice and option
Nikita Mittu
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hijabistan is a book of 16 short stories of women, who chose or preferred to wear the hijab. Some stories were set up in modern day Pakistan and some in UK, where all of them were about women in the veil.

Starting from the first story, I realized that this book will be different. It aims to liberalize women and uncover the layers of ideas which the world believes. There are women who choose to wear the hijab, while some don’t. Some women find it comforting and liberating. This book gives an insig
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Devanshi Sanghani
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honestly excited for this book the day they had the cover release because the cover was appealing plus the name took me by surprise.
I would rate this book a 5🌟 and would definitely suggest people all around the world to read this one.
Everything is a story. And we are all made up of stories, stories we tell others, stories we tell ourselves and stories that we don't want anyone to know.
In the muslim community, the women are told that hijabs are women's fate. They are told to make the best o
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Ambreen Haider
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hijabistan is a collection of short stories, all written from the perspective of a woman in the subcontinental (Pakistani) society, from all walks of life, and the challenges they face under social norms of what is expected of women, some of it which they want to break out of.
It voices the thoughts of people who opt to wear a hijab, who are forced to and who do it as a means to protect themselves.

It is powerful in its impact, a practical literary depiction and resonance of the voices of Aurat
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Abdullah Mo
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Power of Burka: Potential, Politics, and Political Economy of Veil

“it was sweet of him to think she dressed modestly and probably prayed five times. It was sweet of him to think…to think that she was pious. Pure.” (11)

Situated in Pakistan and Pakistani Muslim diaspora in UK, the discourse on hijab gets a new flavor, which simultaneously is nonchalant, provocative, and invigorating. These short stories try exhausting full length of possibilities on how and why hijab is a reality of many women acr
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Nandita Sablok
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hello bookbuddies ,Happy Monday! 🌞
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Hijabistan by Sabyn Javeri has been one of my most interesting reads this year so far. 👍🏻
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This book contains 16 very intense and vulnerable short stories. The book has a fantastic collection of different stories from Pakistan and some from UK. Each story is unlike the other. The content is well crafted and believe me you these stories are such that I feel the my lifestyle and atmosphere is all the more comforting and protected, more free and liberal, given th
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Rajeev Patel
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all let me clear the meaning of Hijab = it's a head covering worn in public by Muslim women. Hijabistan is a collection of 16 short stories with one theme in common in all - all the women in stories are in some way or the other are connected to Hijab. This book is seen as a feminist read – stories about women, empowering themselves despite the unusual times because of their hijabs.
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A young kleptomaniac infuses thrill into her suffocating life by using her abaya to steal lipsticks and
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Juhi Bansal
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of 16 beautiful short stories - each telling about the different emotions a woman goes through at some point in her life.. The center point of each story is a woman who wear the veil/hijab/abaya. The stories are short and hit the right chord of your heart and some of them will stay with you for a long time. I would say this was 4/5. To end this review, I would like to write down the one-liner thought or the phrase which came to my mind after finishing each story(not revealin ...more
Harshita Gupta
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s when I read the first two stories, I got the notion that this book is going to be one of my best reads this year, but when I was thorough the next stories, it appeared to be something I hadn’t expected. The collection of the stories in the book turned out to be completely off track. They just don’t live up to the title.
Hijabistan, the title and blurb of the book assures of telling stories of women wearing hijab, where for some it’s a liberation or for some a constriction. But the stories we
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Anam Abjani
Picked up the book because of the fascinating cover and hoping that it’s a good feminist read for the young girls out there or maybe just a peek into the debate on the hijab from a different perspective. Utterly disappointed. A cringe worthy attempt to sprinkle some insight on sexuality, empowerment, and just the illusion ( the or lack..) of choice women may have. Bits and pieces about Karachi and London came from such a privileged place that it automatically turned me off reading through. Yes, ...more
Umamah W. Zia
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Once again, the age-old warning of judging a book by its cover comes true. The blurb promises varying perspectives and rich stories about strong women. The delivery was a collection of stories about women who were mostly restricted or silenced, which ended either abruptly or without climax. That is not to say each story is the same; the book explores the lives of young students, housewives, single women and old couples. It deals with prostitution, marriage, theft, betrayal and isolation. But, as ...more
Ronita Banerjee
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Name- Hijabistan
Written By- Sabyn Javeri
Published by- HarperCollins
Genre- Fiction
Pages- 215

My thoughts-
Feminism is a word, a rather powerful word which has been used and misused in several ways.

Hijabistan was a different book, a book which the author wrote in relation to liberation of women or related topics.
The author intended to use hijab as a means to talk about freedom using several stories of women from several sections of the society.

After reading the book I was confused about my opinions.
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Ronak Shah
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Hijabistan

Omg !!! What a lovely cover. Any one can fall in love with cover. It's attractive and eye catching. I would have picked up just by looking at the cover.

Currently there are many author Writing short stories book. Some of them will blow your mind and some of them make you thinking what actually the story is and this book come under latter part I'll tell you why.

We all know hijab constricts as it liberates. And hijab is assertion of a Muslim woman. Basically this book talk revolves aroun
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Palvi Sharma
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it


The book cover is so pretty that anyone will fall for the book at first look.

The book is a collection of short stories which is based on the themes other than hijab. The book is mainly stories of women in Pakistan and other parts of the world.

The stories mainly focus on the sexual desires and sexual act of the adult females, except first two stories which actually talked about the hijab.

I wished to read more about the hijab and how it impacts on a liveliness of the woman. Merely, with very li
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Sabyn Javeri was born in Pakistan and now lives between London and Karachi, where she teaches Creative Writing at the university level. A graduate of the University of Oxford, she has a PhD from the University of Leicester. Her short stories have been published in literary journals such as The South Asian Review, The London Magazine, The Oxonian Review, Wasafiri, Trespass, Bengal Lights, Sugar Mul ...more
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