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The girl in the tangerine scarf : a novel
Mohja Kahf
Adult Fiction KAHF

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In comp lit professor Kahf's fiction debut, Khadra Shamy recalls growing up in an immigrant Syrian family in 1970s Indianapolis. Khadra's devout parents raise Khadra and her older brother, Eyad, to be observant of Islamic customs. The inevitable culture clashes ensue, from taunts of "raghead" and "go back where you came from" to the varying interpretations of Islamic code among the community's other Muslims. The mutability of ordinary cultural crossroads-along with the shock of violent ones, such as the rape and murder of one of Khadra's friends-force Khadra to continually question what it means to be "Muslim" or "American." After a short and disastrous marriage to an overbearing husband (he forbids her to ride a bike; she has an abortion), Khadra travels to Syria-now mired in political and religious strife-and returns to the United States in the late '80s to continue searching for her own way in the world. Khadra is a compelling protagonist, and the supporting cast is varied and believable, but Kahf's authorial incursions-critiques of religion and society-are heavy-handed. However, Khadra's ever-evolving view of herself and her religion resonate and provide a valuable portrayal of an oft-misunderstood faith. (Oct. 10) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Observant of Islamic customs; had a brief disatrous marriage to a strict, overbearing man; searching for a place where she feels she belongs.

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