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Riding the Samoosa Express

Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond

edited by Hasina Asvat, Zaheera Jina

Riding the Samosa Express is a collection of life stories exploring issues of marriage, love, loss, family life, culture, religious beliefs, suburban life, local and international politics, freedom and education among other important issues faced by professional and well-educated Muslim women who have not been held back by global stereotypes.

ISBN 9781920590321 | 182 pages | 210 x 140 mm | 2015 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9781920590949


‘A book that is a bridge between paternalistic, misogynistic interpretations of Islam and the reality of a resilient, female Muslim identity, in contemporary South Africa.’

Shaida Kazie Ali, prize-winning author of Not a Fairytale and Lessons in Husbandry

‘A wonderful portal into the multifaceted lives of South African Muslim women. The narratives invite the reader to enter into the precarious realm of the personal and interpersonal – a realm that demands critical attention in contemporary South Africa.’

Associate Professor Nina Hoel, University of Oslo

‘When an Indian, Muslim woman reaches marriageable age, it is not uncommon for her to be approached by elderly family members with the following question, “When are you getting married?” Often, the young woman is encouraged to “view” or “meet” suitable men in the presence of her family … The question of whether or not this young lady will be happily matched to this suitor is often left unanswered … Riding the Samoosa Express is an anthology that aims to showcase the lives of South African Muslim Women before and beyond marriage.’

Sumaya Seedat, Irtiqa website, Muslim Women With a Voice



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