Thursday October 29, 2020

One woman’s fight to be heard in a male world

Non-fiction: Laughing All The Way To The Mosque. By Zarqa Nawaz. Virago, €16.99. Reviewed by Joanne Hayden

22nd April, 2015
Zarqa Nawaz: the Canadian author writes engagingly about her upbringing in a conservative Pakistani family. Picture: Getty

Growing up in Canada, the only daughter of Pakistani parents, Zarqa Nawaz found several ways to rebel. First she shaved her legs and cut her hair; then, in a bit to outdo her conservative mother and father, she began wearing the hijab, turned off Bollywood tunes and binned a bottle of vanilla essence because it contained alcohol.

Nawaz is self-deprecating and often very funny as she tells these stories, but the lightheartedness of her memoir...

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