Hijab: Unveiling Queer Muslim Lives is a groundbreaking anthology of queer Muslim stories. This aptly titled book represents a set of voices from various backgrounds and generations whose stories are true. It explores and addresses, through these personal accounts, the fear and isolation of being queer and Muslim as well as the triumphs despite a largely homophobic society. In almost all of these pieces one sees the difficulties queer Muslims journey through in order to reconcile their sexuality with their spirituality.
Any compassionate human being would be deeply moved by the way that truth and individuality is embraced in every single story. It is thought provoking and often heartbreaking. It touches you and its words will get under your skin. Hijab speaks to and should be required reading for every parent, teacher, religious leader & politician as it shows all of us how important it is that we be more attentive, tolerant & accepting to aspects of difference in religion, race, ethnicity and sexuality.
I highly recommend this selection of heart-rending stories to anyone with a personal interest – or quite simply, to anyone who cares.
Mariam Ismail-Baderoon (Educationist)