The Colour of God: A Story of Family and Faith

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ONEWorld Publications
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.3 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Ayesha S. Chaudhry was born in Toronto and earned her PhD from New York University. She is a Professor of Gender and Islamic Studies. She teaches at the University of British Columbia and lives in Vancouver.


'The kind of authentic voice that is rarely heard nowadays. Her experiences of family and the patriarchal interpretations of Islam, pushed upon women of South Asian heritage, resonated with me on so many levels.'-- "Saima Mir, author of The Khan"
'This book fell into my heart, bringing real life, real love, pain and grief... Chaudhry writes beautifully.'--Sabrina Mahfouz
'An extraordinary memoir, which uses the author's wounds to help us to better understand the poetry of her ordinary life. It provides a beautiful glimpse of some of the realities of Muslim life at the beginning of the 21st century.'--Amir Hussain, Chair and Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
'The Colour of God is an engrossing read, not because it tells the story of one woman's journey from "subjugation" within a puritanical sect of Islam to finding 'liberation' by taking off her veil, but because it refuses and interrogates these facile labels. Chaudhry is brilliant at dissecting how fundamentalism took root in her family, and she's equally good at holding up a mirror to the culture that tends to dehumanise those who don't conform to its norms.'-- "Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane"
'The Colour of God offers us a sustained exploration of home and belief and the tendrils between the two...a beautiful and necessary book that remarkably, wonderfully, makes our world larger and smaller at once.'--Ross Gay, bestselling author of The Book of Delights
'The Colour of God is not a Huntington-esque, us vs them book, but a mirror showing us who we are. I found myself in every page...The author's strength is to bring the profound into the mundane. A very alluring read.'-- "Muslim News"
'These lovingly curated memories take us through journeys of migration, displacement, loss, and resilience. Seeded with perceptive insights into colonial legacies, racism, resistance, gender, fundamentalism and faith, patriarchy and power, Chaudhry presents us with a memoir that is at once compelling and illuminating.'--Zayn Kassam, Professor of Religious Studies, Pomona College
'Ayesha Chaudhry lifts the veil off an age-old trope about Muslim womanhood by diving deep and surfacing through its pain, love, joy and complexity. This memoir offers such profound candor that it challenges this trope by invoking depth of truth in its unfolding.'--Amina Wadud
'An exquisite, engrossing, and very moving book.'--New York Journal of Books