ISBN 9781912450145
Pages 208
Dimensions 203 x 127mm
Published 2019
Publisher Salaam Publishing, UK
Format Paperback


by Mohammed Umar

THE MOVING STORY of a woman who challenges the restrictions of the life she is born into, and in so doing helps to bring about change for more than just herself. It illuminates issues which rarely appear in fiction but which structure the lives of millions of women - the legal status of Muslim women, the limitations imposed on them by traditional and religious conventions, the restrictions on their economic activities, the humiliations visited on them as a result of unquestioned male power in personal relationships. It engages the reader’s sympathy through its believable portrayal of one remarkable contemporary woman. Written with the passion born of real experience, this remarkable portrayal through the eyes of a woman by a northern Nigerian man leaves the reader with hope for the future.

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"Surprisingly fresh and brilliant debut"

Ziauddin Sardar, Books of the Year (2006) New Statesman

"Beautifully told, a powerful, beautiful and ultimately compelling narrative. Amina lets in the light upon an untold story."

Aminatta Forna, Novelist

"The message in this book is universal and timeless. Women in different societies and cultures are still experiencing the issues described. Hopefully in generations to come, the world will be a changed place and this book will serve as a historical record of a long-suffering era."

Triena Ong, President, Singapore Book Publishers Association

"Amina opens up like a soft music and it keeps that rhythm going even when tough things are happening. I think this is what is special about it. The soft music carries on even when the fury and anger grows loud."

Fatema Mernissi

"Mohammed Umar must be considered a literary pioneer of African feminism. Umar’s work is unique in contemporary Nigerian literature as a progressive cry for social justice."

Africa – Journal of the International African Institute

"This novel is touch of hope for all oppressed women in the Muslim world."

Kholood Alqahtani, Arab News (Saudi Arabia)

About the Author

Mohammed Umar

Mohammed Umar was born in Azare in Nigeria’s Bauchi State. He studied political science at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He then graduated with an M.A. in journalism from Moscow State University (1991) and M.A. in political economy from Middlesex University, UK (1996). Mohammed Umar served as a judge for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2009 and he was the winner of the Muslim News Award for Excellence in Arts in 2010. He lives in London.

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