Beyond Veiled Cliches: The Real Lives of Arab Women
Magnificent. Surprising. Illuminating. Australia needs this book.NIKKI GEMMELLAs someone who has a foot in both the Western and Arabic worlds, Amal set out to explore the lives of Arab women, in Australia and the Middle East, travelling to the region and interviewing more than sixty women about feminism, intimacy, love, sex and shame, trauma, war, religion and culture. Beyond Veiled Clichesexplores the similarities and differences experienced by these women in their daily lives - work, relationships, home and family life, friendships, the communities they live in, and more. Arab-Australian women are at the intersection - between Western ideals and Arab tradition. It can get messy, but there is also great beauty in the layers. In a time of racial tension and rising global fear around terrorism, there is a renewed fear of 'the other'. At its heart this fascinating booknormalises people and their experiences. The breadth, variety and beauty of what Amal has discovered will enthral and surprise you.
Amal Awad is a Sydney-based writer, journalist, author and public speaker. Amal frequently writes and speaks about issues of society, religion and popular culture. She has addressed festivals, universities, youth groups and community organisations, and has appeared on national radio. She self-published her debut novel Courting Samira - a tale of Muslim courtship and coming of age in the modern era - in 2010, which was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Amal recently contributed to the anthology Coming of Age- Growing up Muslim in Australia (Allen & Unwin, 2014), and her second novel, This Is How You Get Better, was published in March 2015. http-//www.amalawad.com/