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My Past Is a Foreign Country by Zeba Talkhani

My Past Is a Foreign Country

A Muslim feminist finds herself

Zeba Talkhani

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2 reviews

Imprint: Sceptre
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 27 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9781473684065

A journey of faith, feminism and self-discovery

4 stars out of 5
20 Feb 2020

"For Zeba, ‘the past is a foreign country’. For many others, it remains their reality. "

In this memoir, Zeba details her journey of self-discovery. She had always revelled in her father’s tales from business trips, but didn’t want to spend the rest of her life listening to the stories of men; she wanted her own. There was little opportunity for this in Saudi Arabia, where females were stringently regulated and the police were known to throw red dye over women considered ‘immodestly dressed’. In her gender-segregated school, books were kept behind locked doors. Pupils could pick only from a limited selection of assigned shelves. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale makes good TV, but for me it was a lived reality’, she writes.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
8 Mar 2019

"At 28, the admirable Talkhani tells her already epic personal story in this inspiring memoir"

"For years I yearned for love and acceptance until I realised that the voice I was looking for was mine.' At 28, the admirable Talkhani tells her already epic personal story in this inspiring memoir. Raised amid the patriarchal strictures of Saudi Arabia, as a young woman she rejected the traditional path her culture had mapped out for her.