ISBN 9781920590321
ePub ISBN 9781920590949
Pages 182
Dimensions 210 x 140 mm
Published 2015
Publisher Modjaji Books, South Africa
Formats Paperback, eBook

Riding the Samoosa Express

Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond

edited by Hasina Asvat, Zaheera Jina

Riding the Samosa Express is a collection of life stories exploring issues of marriage, love, loss, family life, culture, religious beliefs, suburban life, local and international politics, freedom and education among other important issues faced by professional and well-educated Muslim women who have not been held back by global stereotypes.

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‘A book that is a bridge between paternalistic, misogynistic interpretations of Islam and the reality of a resilient, female Muslim identity, in contemporary South Africa.’

Shaida Kazie Ali, prize-winning author of Not a Fairytale and Lessons in Husbandry

‘A wonderful portal into the multifaceted lives of South African Muslim women. The narratives invite the reader to enter into the precarious realm of the personal and interpersonal – a realm that demands critical attention in contemporary South Africa.’

Associate Professor Nina Hoel, University of Oslo

‘When an Indian, Muslim woman reaches marriageable age, it is not uncommon for her to be approached by elderly family members with the following question, “When are you getting married?” Often, the young woman is encouraged to “view” or “meet” suitable men in the presence of her family … The question of whether or not this young lady will be happily matched to this suitor is often left unanswered … Riding the Samoosa Express is an anthology that aims to showcase the lives of South African Muslim Women before and beyond marriage.’

Sumaya Seedat, Irtiqa website, Muslim Women With a Voice

About the Editor

Zaheera Jina

Zaheera Jina holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is also a co-editor and contributing author of the anthology, Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond. Zaheera is the founder of Jozi's Books and Blogs Festivities (Jozis bbf), a non-profit organisation that aims to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. Surprise! is her first children's book and is published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing in Texas, USA. She lives in Lenasia with her husband, three sons and many in-laws.

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