Hijab Butch Blues: A Memoir


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Dial Press
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5.56 X 8.53 X 1.02 inches | 0.97 pounds
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About the Author

Lamya H is a former Lambda Literary Fellow whose writing has appeared in Vice, Salon, Vox, Black Girl Dangerous, Autostraddle, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She currently lives in New York with her partner.


"A gripping and beautiful memoir. I couldn't put it down."--Andrea Lawlor, author of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl

"Hijab Butch Blues is more than a must-read. It's a study guide on Islam, a handbook for abolitionists, and a queer manifesto. It inspires critical thinking, upholds activist self-care, and permits the defining of one's own queerness. By the end of it, readers will see queerness--theirs, others', and the concept--'for what it is: a miracle.'"--NPR

"Lamya H's memoir about coming of age as a queer hijabi Muslim offers an inspiriting vision of a world in which queerness and the Quran are not only compatible but illuminative of one another."--Electric Literature

"A masterful, must-read contribution to conversations on power, justice, healing, and devotion from a singular voice I now trust with my whole heart."--Glennon Doyle, author of Untamed

"With precision, compassion, and deeply observed storytelling, Lamya Hnavigates the fault lines of life and love in a queer Muslim body."--Linda Villarosa, author of Under the Skin

"A richly textured and deeply moving testament to the power of faith. . . Leaping effortlessly from the personal to the political, Hijab Butch Blues ... is sure to become a queer classic."--Kai Cheng Thom, author of Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars

"Lamya H has fashioned in this book what I never thought possible: she describes a world in which I could live."--Kazim Ali, author of Fasting for Ramadan

"To be invited into the richness of Lamya's interior world--the beauty of childhood skepticism, the complexity of Muslim storytelling, and the glory of life in a queer body--is no minor gift. Lamya H will show us the way."--Cole Arthur Riley, author of This Here Flesh

"Hijab Butch Blues treats gender and devotion with a thrilling sense of multiplicity and expansiveness. Lamya H moves with curiosity, humor, and vulnerability, divining new sources of hope and of life."--Seán Hewitt, author of All Down Darkness Wide

"A singular memoir about identity, queerness, racism, and resistance that engages with the Islamic faith in open, nuanced, and quietly radical ways."--Arifa Akbar, author of Consumed

"As the author examines her evolving relationship to her religion, she also vibrantly explores what it means to live with an open-minded, open-hearted activist seeking to change the world for the better."--Kirkus Reviews

"A generous, probing and brilliant response to the question of how [Lamya H] could be both a queer person and a practicing Muslim Lamya H is a pseudonym, and her reasons for using one make sense. But even without using her real name, in Hijab Butch Blues she is observant, passionate and anything but voiceless."--Bookpage, starred review

"Lamya H is a force. There is an energy in this book that you can't deny. The many intersections of identity that make up Lamya are handled effortlessly, as to make the reader understand the term intersectionality in a new and urgent way."--Traci Thomas, The Stacks