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Author Rehman, Sabeeha, author.

Title Threading my prayer rug : one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim / Sabeeha Rehman.

Publication Info. New York : Arcade Publishing, [2016]


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 Bristol, Main Library - Non Fiction  B REHMAN    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult Department  BIOGRAPHY REHMAN    Check Shelf
 Enfield, Main Library - Biographies  B REHMAN    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  B REHMAN, SABEEHA    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Adult Biography  B REHMAN    Check Shelf
 Marlborough, Richmond Memorial Library - Adult Department  B REHMAN    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  305.8914 REH    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  B REHMAN, S.    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  BIOG REHMAN, SABEEHA    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Biographies  B REHMAN SABEEHA R    Check Shelf

Edition First edition.
Description 322 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : chiefly color illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents Prologue: Not a mosque, and not at Ground Zero -- Part One. An arranged marriage in Pakistan -- 1. It's arranged -- 2. I never said, "I do": the marriage contract -- 3. A silver watch: my splendid Pakistani wedding -- 4. Marital advice -- Part Two. A Pakistani Muslim in New York -- 5. A Pakistani bride in New York: "I wouldn't do that if I were you" -- 6. Where are you from? -- 7. A Muslim girl in New York: a holiday Muslim -- 8. Pakistani pregnancy, American delivery: a baptism of sorts, plus a circumcision -- 9. Ramadan without Ramadan: why I stopped fasting -- 10. The Christmas-ization of Eid -- 11. A Muslim among orthodox Jews -- 12. The Americanization of yours truly -- Part Three. Creating a Muslim space -- 13. Where do I begin? -- 14. Building a Muslim community -- 15. A Muslim Sunday School and a mosque -- Part Four. Rediscovering Islam: religion or culture? -- 16. Born-again Muslim -- 17. Lower your gaze -- 18. Pakistani Islam or a hybrid? -- 19. Moon sighting -- 20. Tradition versus women's rights -- 21. My brand of Islam -- 22. Abraham's sacrifice -- 23. Grounded in roots -- Part Five. An American Muslim in New York -- 24. An arranged marriage for my sons? -- 25. The Shia-Sunni schism -- 26. Don't ghetto-ize Islam -- 27. Flashpoints -- 28. And then nothing was the same: September 11, 2001 -- 29. Extremism and Islamophobia: viewed from the eyes of a Muslim -- 30. Upgrading Islam into the twenty-first century -- 31. An American Muslim in Pakistan -- 32. An American Muslim in New York.
Summary "This enthralling story of the making of an American is also a timely meditation on religion and culture. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured reflection on what it is to be a Muslim in America today. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting forty years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American Muslim; from master's candidate to bride and mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate for interfaith understanding. Beginning with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life through Muslim eyes. In chapters leavened with humor, hope, and insight, she recounts an immigrant's daily struggles balancing assimilation with preserving heritage, overcoming religious barriers from within and distortions of Islam from without, and confronting issues of raising her children as Muslims--while they lobby for a Christmas tree! Sabeeha Rehman was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the driving force behind the Muslim community center at Ground Zero, when the backlash began. She discusses what that experience revealed about American society"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Rehman, Sabeeha.
Pakistani American women -- Biography.
Pakistani Americans -- Biography.
Muslims -- United States -- Biography.
Muslim women -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Other Form: Online version: Rehman, Sabeeha, author. Threading my prayer rug. New York, NY : Arcade Publishing, 2016 9781628726664 (DLC) 2016009024
ISBN 9781628726633 (hardback)
1628726636 (hardback)
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