The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

The Things I Would Tell You British Muslim Women Write From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists the writers in this ground breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the Muslim Woman Hear from users of Islamic Tinder

  • Title: The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write
  • Author: SabrinaMahfouz AdhafSouief
  • ISBN: 9780863561467
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • From established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the Muslim Woman.Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6 Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams ofFrom established literary heavyweights to emerging spoken word artists, the writers in this ground breaking collection blow away the narrow image of the Muslim Woman.Hear from users of Islamic Tinder, a disenchanted Maulana working as a TV chat show host and a plastic surgeon blackmailed by MI6 Follow the career of an actress with Middle Eastern heritage whose dreams of playing a ghostbuster spiral into repeat castings as a jihadi bride Among stories of honour killings and ill fated love in besieged locations, we also find heart warming connections and powerful challenges to the status quo.From Algiers to Brighton, these stories transcend time and place revealing just how varied the search for belonging can be.Between them the writers in this anthology have been short or long listed for four Orange Prizes, two Man Booker Prizes and won countless other awards Alongside renowned authors are emerging voices published here for the first time.

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    1. What does it mean to be British and Muslim? This is a question these writers tackle with stunning clarity. Modern day British society has a varied sense of cultural heritage; it is a society that is changing and moving forward as it adds more and more voices to the population, but it is also one that has an undercurrent of anxiety and fear towards those who are minorities. So this collection displays how all that fear is received; it comes in the form of stereotypical labels and racial prejudice [...]

    2. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!I don’t read many anthologies but, as a British Muslim woman, I was really excited to read this one. This is a diverse collection of short stories, essays, plays and poetry from Muslim women across the UK.Unlike most anthologies I’ve read, the pieces here aren’t connected by a single theme, but some of those that really stood out to me were written on the themes of identity, gender and cultural traditi [...]

    3. I remember when I first came across news of this collection on twitter. It had yet to be published but a picture of it had been released and the title alone was enough to blow me away, 'The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write' - edited by Sabrina Mahfouz. Just the title alone told me that this was granting British Muslim Women the agency, the voice that we need!•This collection features work by 22 British Muslim Women, ranging from successful, established writers such as Kamila [...]

    4. As the book is a cluster of different works, I'd rather not rate it (but if I had to I'd give it 2,5 stars as an average). The reason I picked this book is because I was interested in a viewpoint which is different from mine, mainly in terms of the religious aspect of life, and as a whole I was not disappointed. There were several works which I quite liked, in no particular order:'The Girl Next Door' by Kamila Shamise;'Blood and Broken Bodies' by Shaista Aziz - about so called 'honour killings', [...]

    5. A fantastic scope of voices through poetry, fiction, non fiction and plays. The writings took me across the globe but I recognised each of them among my friends, neighbours, colleagues and family (Muslim and non-Muslim alike). Read it and open your eyes!

    6. Some contributions that are brilliant, hit-you-like-nothing-you've-read-pieces.Others so-so.An unusual read

    7. This collection of essays, short stories and poems is very powerful and deserves a much longer review. I found the contributions to be compelling and in many cases harrowing. These are important points of view to reflect on. Perhaps one of the interesting things for me about a book by British Muslim women writing, is the lack of overt spirituality that is mentioned, there seems to be a much stronger emphasis on identity in all the contributions - which in itself is interesting. What is absolutel [...]

    8. BrilliantThe beauty of this collection cannot be overstated. It is extraordinary work by extraordinary women with a common truth that expands into the universal. Stunning.

    9. The Things I Would Tell You is an anthology of poetry, prose, drama and non fiction. As such there is probably something for everyone on there, and it’s a very interesting and timely read. Editor Sabrina Mahfouz uses a quote from Ahdaf Soueif in the intro to explain the premise of the collection:“I felt upset and angered by the misrepresentations I encountered constantly and I felt grateful when a clear-eyed truth was spoken about us. And then again, who was ‘us’?”The book looks to ans [...]

    10. This book was just so much more than I was expecting it to be. It's hard to review as a whole because there is such a wide range of works in here, from short stories to poems to essays to plays, but what I can easily conclude is that every single one of them is good. Some are better than others, like in any collection, but there wasn't one work that I didn't like, or that I skipped, or that dragged at all. The sheer amount of talent in here is incredible. One of the women that contributed to thi [...]

    11. This is a book I picked up first and foremost because I wanted to support its cause. Giving a voice to British Muslim women, but also showcasing a wide array of British Muslim voices, is alone well worth the price of it. So I didn't even look inside before I bought it - and then ended up reading all but the last two stories in a little less than a day (the last two I savoured over breakfast during the first two days of the new week). This slim volume is teeming with compelling voices that range [...]

    12. Reading The Things I Would Tell You was like coming home and knowing that you're safe. That you're understood. Finally. A collection of stories, plays, poetry and commentaries, British women of colour lay their voice on the frustrating and tiresome image of the 'Muslim woman'. From Islamic Tinder to a grandmother who was a former prostitute, I loved that the book included literary heavy weights like Leila Aboulela as well as first time published Nafeesa Hamid and a 14 year old student from a loc [...]

    13. This collection of short stories, poems and plays was developed by a group of writers as young as 15 who by their very inclusion in the book are defining themselves as nontraditional. The quality of work varies. The themes of culture and family and work and despair not a lot of hope in this little book. Perhaps that's it. The stories refer to the "this is how it is" and sometimes to the "this is how it was" but the writers aren't doing that business about "this is how it could be" because hell, [...]

    14. I mostly enjoyed the non-fiction pieces and some of the fiction short stories, especially Kamila Shamsie's The Girl Next Door and Hanan al-Shayhk's An Eye That Sees. The plays were also great. However, I really didn't enjoy reading the poetry (though I rarely do), and found a lot of the poems to be very vague or just sounding incomplete. I also didn't like the formatting, perhaps it would have been better to organise the writing according to genres. It was in a mixed order, and it was often hard [...]

    15. A mixed bag and - sad to say - slightly disappointing for this reader. It promises so much more than it delivers. I’m all for giving new young writers a platform but in this case they somewhat dilute the quality of this collection. Some of the pieces could have been shorter, others I wanted to read more of. In a nutshell, great concept but would have benefited from a more critical and objective editor.

    16. Top ten of my favourite books for sure. So varied, the plays, poetry, essays, articles are beautifully curated to show the wide breadth of being a British Muslim woman. We are here. Such a great job done by Sabrina Mahfouz and the other editors and writers who worked on this. This is what a collaboration should look like.

    17. It is an anthology, hence rating would probably be a little bit complicated. Written by British Muslim women, this collection has a fair number of good stories depicting their concerns regarding identities. I would recommend it to readers who are curious about Muslim women, or maybe if you are one, then you would find some if not all the stories relatable to your experience.

    18. I was really surprised and intrigued by this book, once I started it I really enjoyed the different situations and how the story tellers formed them. Not really a revelation, just something a little different

    19. A handful of good pieces, the best being the editor's Battleface. There's quite a lot of artsy-fartsy writing in the anthology, and oftentimes I found myself thinking, I have no idea what I've just read. Perhaps it'd help if you're more familiar with the culture?

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