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Islam and Me: Narrating a Diaspora
by Shirin Ramzanali Fazel
edited by Simone Brioni
foreword by Charles Burdett
Rutgers University Press, 2023
Paper: 978-1-9788-3582-5 | Cloth: 978-1-9788-3583-2 | eISBN: 978-1-9788-3585-6
Library of Congress Classification BP52.5.R3613 2023
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.697

Growing up in Mogadishu, Somalia, Shirin Ramzanali Fazel was immersed in the language and culture of Italy, Somalia’s former colonizer. Yet when she moved to Italy as a young mother in the 1970s, she discovered a country where immigrants and Muslims were viewed with a mixture of curiosity and suspicion­–where, even today, she and her children must seemingly prove they are Italian. 
In Islam and Me, Fazel tells her story and shares the experiences of other Muslim women living in Italy, revealing the wide variety of Muslim identities and the common prejudices they encounter. Looking at Italian school textbooks, newspapers, and TV programs, she invites us to change the way Muslim immigrants, and especially women, are depicted in both news reports and scholarly research. Islam and Me is a meditation on our multireligious, multiethnic, and multilingual reality, as well as an exploration of how we might reimagine national culture and identity so that they become more diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist. 


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