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My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim feminist finds herself

Zeba Talkhani

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Saudi Arabia, Memoirs, Gender studies: women

A powerful journey of self-empowerment, body positivity and mother-daughter relationships from Muslim feminist Zeba Talkhani.

'A brave new voice that reaches out to us all' Miranda Doyle, author of A Book of Untruths

27-year-old Zeba Talkhani charts her experiences growing up in Saudi Arabia amid patriarchal customs reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, and her journey to find freedom abroad in India, Germany and the UK as a young woman.

Talkhani offers a fresh perspective on living as an outsider and examines her relationship with her mother and the challenges she faced when she experienced hair loss at a young age. Rejecting the traditional path her culture had chosen for her, Talkhani became financially independent and married on her own terms in the UK. Drawing on her personal experiences Talkhani shows how she fought for the right to her individuality as a feminist Muslim and refused to let negative experiences define her.

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Praise for My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim feminist finds herself

  • A brave new voice that reaches out to us all. - Miranda Doyle, author of A Book of Untruths

  • Brilliant and brutally honest, this memoir ropes you in with every page. The intimacy that Zeba evokes will remind you of your own sister opening her heart to you. - Meena Kandasamy, author of When I Hit You, shortlisted for The Women s Prize

  • An addictive, vital read. Talkhani interrogates the outsider narrative in ways that feel expansive, timely and wholly inspiring. - Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish

  • A fearless voice that tells its hard-won truths with immense strength, and a lot of love. It is a beautiful and important book which belongs at the centre of our cultural life. - Preti Taneja, author of We That Are Young

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