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    • ISBN:9781473697232
    • Publication date:13 Jun 2019

Asghar and Zahra

A John Murray Original

By Sameer Rahim

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Asghar and Zahra follows an unlikely couple through the first year of their tumultuous marriage

Asghar and Zahra are young British Muslims born in the same close-knit community in west London. They are both trying to accommodate their home culture with the world around them. But the superficial similarities between them do not tell the whole story. Their families are rivals involved in running two different mosques: Asghar's is more traditional, while Zahra's is more liberal. Asghar struggles with integrating: he is a shy, closed personality. Zahra is an ambitious and intelligent woman who can't wait to leave her community behind.

Their marriage was not arranged; in fact, the unlikely couple had to appeal for the approval of their rivalrous parents. Asghar sees in Zahra an opening to a world he has never mastered; Zahra sees in Asghar the embodiment of the community she has guiltily abandoned. Each is attracted to what they imagine the other to be - and each discovers, to their cost, that their projections do not match reality.

Biographical Notes

Sameer Rahim has worked in literary journalism for ten years, and is now managing editor of Prospect Magazine, having been formerly arts and books editor. In 2013, his essay In the Shadow of the Scroll: reconstructing Islam's origins won a William Hazlitt essay prize.

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  • ISBN: 9781473697225
  • Publication date: 13 Jun 2019
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: JM Originals
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