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Mariam Khan's top 5 books written by Muslim women

Writer and activist Mariam Khan talks us through her best reads penned by Muslim women ahead of the release of 'It's Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Sexuality and Race'

The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write

Edited by Sabrina Mahfouz

Another collection to add to the one I’ve just edited; it seems I have a thing for these! In my opinion this is the fictional sister book to It’s Not About the Burqa. It’s a wonderful exploration of what it means to be a Muslim woman through stories, poetry and plays.

All The Things We Never Said

by Yasmin Rahman

Yasmin writes passionately about three intensely troubled girls, Mehreen, Olivia and Cara, who meet and form an unlikely friendship when they join a suicide website.

Let Me Tell You This

by Nadine Aisha Jassat

Nadine’s poetry takes you on a journey exploring heritage, connection and speaking out, reaching the reader with a raw
and empathetic voice unafraid to take on complexities.

Ms Marvel

by G Willow Wilson

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl. She’s the new Ms Marvel, a teenager and a Muslim with inhuman powers. I think we all secretly wished for Muslim women superheroes growing up. I did and, for me, this is her.

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

by Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik writes the Muslim Bridget Jones. This was one of the first books I read as a Muslim woman and felt seen. A story of love and families and the life of an ordinary Muslim woman.

It’s Not About the Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race edited by Mariam Khan is out on February 21 (Picador, £14.99)

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