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On being Muslim

Belonging and Banishment: Being Muslim in Canada

by Natasha Bakht, ed.
(TSAR Publications,
The past seven years have not been kind to the Muslim identity. Post 9/11, society's views on Muslims have changed substantially. In this new world - shaped by the horrific images of the collapsing twin towers - identifying yourself as Muslim is a hefty confession.

It's often met by a raised eyebrow and perhaps a soft exhale. Then comes the barrage of questions and observations, subtly revealing society's myths about Muslims. Why don't you wear a veil? You don't seem to be a typical Muslim woman. You were born Muslim - but you're not practicing right?

As the surprise slowly wears off, out comes the curiosity. What's it like to be Muslim in Canada?



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