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We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib

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Memoirs

A powerful, uplifting queer Muslim memoir by a young Pakistani-Canadian activist and photographer

Triumphant and uplifting - a queer Muslim memoir about forgiveness and freedom.

'Revolutionary' Mona Eltahawy * 'Exquisite, powerful and urgent' Stacey May Fowles * 'I fell in love with this book' Shani Mootoo

A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib's story starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at sixteen. When she realized she was queer, it was yet another way she felt like an outsider.

So begins a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. It shows how Muslims can embrace queer sexuality, and families can embrace change. A triumphant story of forgiveness and freedom, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt alone and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one's truest self.

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Praise for We Have Always Been Here

  • To say I count, I exist, is revolutionary when you are denied complication. Habib has written the book she wished she had when she was young. It is a book we should all have had long ago - Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and Hymens

  • A beautiful telling of a life, of love, of the reclamation of power, of feeling truly seen, and of finding your way home. An exquisite, powerful, and urgent book - Stacey May Fowles, author of Infidelity

  • I fell in love with this book . . . In prose as economical, crisp, clear, and truthful as poetry, Samra Habib offers a map of how we might learn to see and treasure one another and ourselves - Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at Night

  • Habib speaks for a community that has often been muted, but writes with a voice and style that is all her own - Rachel Giese, author of Boys

  • A fiercely intelligent memoir - NB Magazine

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Samra Habib

Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist she's covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and Advocate, her portraits have been exhibited at the V&A in London and her photo project, 'Just Me and Allah', has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and Washington Post. She works with LGBTQ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is her first book.

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