Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Book Unlaunch: "The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth"
FREE, no registration is required.
When: Mon, May 8, 2017. 7:00 PM (Doors at 6:30 PM)
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.
Additional Info: Co-sponsored by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement, SFU World Literature, SFU Public Square, the Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures at SFU, and SFU International.
Join us for an enlightening evening of personal stories and reflections shared by Canadian Muslim women. This dialogue will reveal the diversity of the writers featured in this anthology and highlight varying perspectives that exist in the Muslim Diaspora.
The conversation will be moderated by Ray Hsu. Seemi Ghazi, lecturer in Classical Arabic at UBC, Poet, performer of Sufi vocal arts, and reciter of Quran, will grace the evening with poetic recitations that will open and close the evening with powerful messages.
About the Book
These twenty-one personal stories are told by women from practically all backgrounds and persuasions—devout and not-so devout, professionals and housewives, westernized and traditional, wearing jeans, hijab, or niqab, straight and gay, and originally from Africa, North America, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Asia—revealing in their own ways what it means to them to be a Muslim woman (a "Muslimah"). What we get is a complex of stories, all challenging conventions and stereotypes, and united by two ideas—Islam (or the Quran) and nationality (Canadian).
Azmina Kassam is a Canadian Ismaili Muslim. Born In Nairobi, Kenya. She immigrated to Canada in 1982. Kassam holds a certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. She believes that writing has offered her a means to understand and decode information as well as being a powerful tool to communicate ideas, thoughts and stories.
Carmen Taha Jarrah is a writer, a human rights activist and international volunteer. Born in Brazil to Lebanese parents. They immigrated to Canada when she was a child. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing and a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia.
Carmen is the author of Smuggled Stories from the Holy Land. Published in 2015, It aims to create awareness about what is euphemistically called the “conflict” between Israel and the Palestinians and includes documented stories rarely reported by western media. Carmen is currently working on her next book about growing up Muslim in a small Canadian town.
Meharoona Ghani, a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Writer’s Studio (2013) and the Vancouver Manuscript Intensive (2014), is a poetess who has been featured in six anthologies and has won writing competitions. Meharoona is working on her book: Letters to Rumi in which she re-claims, re-occupies the space between Canadian-South Asian, her hybrid identity found in this hyphen and on the margins. Select excerpts of Letters to Rumi are featured in The Muslimah Who Fell to Earth by Mawenzi House Publishers, Ltd.
Saima S. Hussain has a BA Honors in English and History and an MA in South Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. She produced a History book for young readers, The Arab World Thought of It: Inventions, Innovations and Amazing Facts (Annick Press, 2013). This received an award from the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. She serves on the Board of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women. She served as books editor for Dawn newspaper in Pakistan for some time. Saima is actively involved in arts and community projects. She is the chief editor for the book The Muslimah who Fell to Earth, published in 2016 by Mawenzi House.
Ray Hsu is author of two award-winning books of poetry. Before teaching at the UBC Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, they taught for over two years in a US prison. They are also Faculty in Residence at the Emerging Media Lab, where they conduct research on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and empathy. Find them at DrRay.ca.
Photo credit: Joey Armstrong
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