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    • ISBN:9781473684089
    • Publication date:27 Jun 2019

My Past Is a Foreign Country: A Muslim feminist finds herself

By Zeba Talkhani

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A journey of faith, feminism and self-discovery

'A brave new voice that reaches out to us all' Miranda Doyle, author of A Book of Untruths

27-year-old Zeba Talkhani charts her experiences growing up in Saudi Arabia amid patriarchal customs reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale, and her journey to find freedom abroad in India, Germany and the UK as a young woman.

Talkhani offers a fresh perspective on living as an outsider and examines her relationship with her mother and the challenges she faced when she experienced hair loss at a young age. Rejecting the traditional path her culture had chosen for her, Talkhani became financially independent and married on her own terms in the UK. Drawing on her personal experiences Talkhani shows how she fought for the right to her individuality as a feminist Muslim and refused to let negative experiences define her.

Biographical Notes

Zeba Talkhani has written for the Saudi Gazette, The Manipal Journal, gal-dem, Wasafiri and the Nasty Women anthology. She works in publishing and is a passionate advocate for BAME voices in the publishing industry. She was born in Sirsi, South India, in 1991. She currently lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781473684058
  • Publication date: 06 Feb 2020
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Sceptre
A brave new voice that reaches out to us all. — Miranda Doyle, author of A Book of Untruths
An addictive, vital read. Talkhani interrogates the outsider narrative in ways that feel expansive, timely and wholly inspiring. — Irenosen Okojie, author of Butterfly Fish
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