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We Are A Muslim, Please, By Zaiba Malik
Friday 22 April 2011
This memoir of being a British Muslim comes at the tail end of a deluge of such memoirs post 7/7, and given the glut factor, its publishers should be commended for running with it.
It is, in comparison to what has preceded it, an insightful and vivid story of Zaiba Malik's muslim upbringing and her re-assessment of her faith which actually predates the London bombings.
The memoir, longlisted for the Orwell Prize, was inspired by her arrest and brutal interrogation when making a documentary in Bangladesh but she is also motivated by anger towards the four men who orchestrated the London tube attacks. It includes a letter to one of them - Shehzad Tanweer - born in the same Bradford area as Malik.
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