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Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman

by Zarqa Nawaz
£12.99   paperback  Little, Brown Book Group (2015)

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque: The Misadventures of a Muslim Woman by Zarqa Nawaz A brilliantly funny memoir about what it's really like to be Muslim in Western society.
 
Being a practicing Muslim in the West is sometimes challenging, sometimes rewarding and sometimes downright absurd. How do you explain why Eid never falls on the same date each year; why it is that Halal butchers also sell teapots and alarm clocks; how do you make clear to the plumber that it's essential the toilet is installed within sitting-arm's reach of the tap?
 
Zarqa Nawaz has seen and done it all.
 
And it's not always easy to get things right with the community either: Zarqa tells of being asked to leave the DBW (Dead Body Washing) committee after making unsuitable remarks; of undertaking the momentous trip to Mecca with her husband, without the children, thinking (most incorrectly) that it will also be a nice time to have uninterrupted sex; of doing the unthinkable, and creating Little Mosque on the Prairie, a successful TV sitcom about that very (horrified, then proud) community.
 
You have to laugh.

ISBN 13: 9780349005935 | ISBN 10: 0349005931