The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam by Medina Tenour Whiteman

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By Medina Tenour Whiteman, Hurst & Co, Hardcover, 288 pages

Medina Tenour Whiteman stands at the margins of whiteness and Islam. An Anglo-American born to Sufi converts, she feels perennially out of place--not fully at home in Western or Muslim cultures.
In this searingly honest memoir, Whiteman contemplates what it means to be an invisible Muslim, examining the pernicious effects of white Muslim privilege and exploring what Muslim identity can mean the world over--in lands of religious diversity and cultural insularity, from Andalusia, Bosnia and Turkey to Zanzibar, India and Iran.
Through her travels, she unearths experiences familiar to both Western Muslims and anyone of mixed heritage: a life-long search for belonging and the joys and crises of inhabiting more than one identity.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements

Prologue

Introduction

1. 'Mzungu!': Kenya and Tanzania

2. Where Many Others Have Prayed: Muslims in Tibet and Ladakh

3. Swallows and Rats: Summer in a Turkish Fishing Village

4. A Tale of Two Eyebrows: Norouz in Iran

5. Distant Enough for Intimacy: Mostar and Sarajevo

6. A Blessed Tree: Digging for Andalusian Roots

7. The Strangers, At Home: Muslim and British in the UK

8. Love in a Lacuna: Sex and Marriage

9. Hiding in Plain Sight: On Hijab and Invisibility

 

About the author:

Medina Tenour Whiteman is a writer, poet, translator and musician. She is the author of a collection of poetry, Love is a Traveller and We Are its Path, and Huma's Travel Guide to Islamic Spain. She lives near Granada, Spain, with her husband and three children.