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Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman [Paperback]

Sheema Khan
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Book Description

Oct. 15 2009
In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan - Candian hockey mom and Harvard PhD - gives us her pointed insights on being a modern and liberal, yet practicing, Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism and fanaticism, human rights post 9/11, Ismalic law, women's rights, sharia, and the meaning of hijab, she explains Islam to the greater public while calling for mutual understanding and tolerance. She tells us "Why Muslims are angry," and protests, "You can't pigeonhole 1.6 billion Muslims," while calling on Muslims to "acknowledge the rise of fanaticism," She explains the palusibility of Islamic financing and applies the Charter of Rights to Canada. "Can there be Islamic democtracy?" she askes, and then, "Will Quebec adopt France's peculiar brand of liberty?" Provocative and original, even-handed and concilatory, these essays are an important contirbution to an urgent modern debate.

I will never see my own country quite the same again. I thank Sheema Khan for lending me her eyes and giving all Canadians the precious and welcome gift of her words. Her insight into everything from religion to hockey - often thought to be the same thing in this country! - is blessed with intelligence and humour.
- Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People

From women's issues to terrorism to Islamophobia, Of Hockey and Hijab takes the reader on a journey to explore the many contemporary issues affecting Muslims in Canada and abroad. Khan's book is a must read for all
- Mona Mazigh, author of Hope and Despair

Sheema Khan reflects on issues ranging from discrimination from others to religious patriarchy from within, faced by her Muslim coreligionists in Canada and abroad. She does so with empathy, wisdom, and humour, concluding that reasonable accommodation on the the part of non-Muslims and a proper reading of the Koran and understanding of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad would lead to an Islam that would be perfectly compatible with Canada's unique multicultural experiment.
- Michael Adams, Environics Institute, author of Unlikely Utopia


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In 2002, The Globe and Mail asked columnist Sheema Khan to share her personal insights on Islam and Muslim life in the wake of 9/11. Of Hockey and Hijab, a compilation of these essays, is provocative, intelligent, and – given the thorny nature of the issues explored – surprisingly accessible. Each concise piece looks at a political, religious, or social issue, and succeeds in bringing both wisdom and humour to subjects the average newspaper reader might shy away from.

The collection covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from the Maher Arar affair to a woman’s right to wear a hijab while playing soccer. Khan fearlessly confronts Islamophobia head on, advising readers not to make damaging generalizations while expressing her disdain for the rise of terror and fanaticism. The final section of the book, “The Rights of Women,” dissects some of the more controversial and misunderstood issues around religious patriarchy and sexism.

Khan has a knack for exposing the hypocrisy of public perception and media interpretation. In “What Close-minded Liberals Can Learn from a Rape Victim,” she calls out liberals and progressives who fail to see that their so-called “open-mindedness” is actually limited to those who share similar world-views. She eviscerates the popular belief that devout Muslim women are “poor ill-informed souls” who have no ability to think for themselves. For many, she argues, a secular outlook can be dissatisfying, and she points out that denying someone’s choice to seek out spiritual fulfillment is the furthest thing from progressive.

There are readers who might find Kahn a bundle of contradictions: a modern liberal scholar, a hockey and soccer mom, and a practising Muslim. For that very reason, hers is a voice rarely heard in mainstream media, and her contribution to our ongoing cultural conversation is a valuable one. As Khan herself puts it, without taking the time to recognize the multifaceted nature of the issues at hand, we are in danger of becoming “casual observers who assume so much and know so little.”

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"I will never see my own country quite the same again. I thank Sheema Khan for lending me her eyes and giving all Canadians the precious and welcome gift of her words. Her insight into everything from religion to hockey - often thought to be the same thing in this country! - is blessed with intelligence and humour." - Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People "From women's issues to terrorism to Islamophobia, Of Hockey and Hijab takes the reader on a journey to explore many contemporary issues affecting Muslims in Canada and abroad. Khan's book is a must read for all." - Monia Mazigh, author of Hope and Despair "Sheema Khan reflects on issues ranging from discrimination from others to religious patriarchy from within, faced by her Muslim coreligionists in Canada and abroad. She does so with empathy, wisdom, and humour, concluding that reasonable accommodation on the part of non-Muslims and a proper reading of the Koran and understanding of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad would lead to an Islam that would be perfectly compatible with Canada 's unique multicultural experiment." - Michael Adams, President, Environics Institute

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By Selnuit
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Sheema Khan is a modern woman on all counts: she holds a Phd from Harvard University in chemical physics, she plays hockey and even started a hockey team for women, she is also a practising Moslem and she does some journalistic work (for the Globe and Mail among other). Last but not least, she is a wife and a mother. She shows how to live and think in a modern multicultural society without abandoning her Islamic faith, a faith that is far away from fundamentalism and terrorism, the stuff that we too often see portrayed in the media. As this book is a collection of articles she wrote for the Globe and Mail, she comments on a variety of topics involving Islam covered by the media during recent years among them the sharia, the hijab, wife beating. She walks the high road of reason, wisdom and faith. As a non Moslem myself, I found that it brought many answers to the questions I was having, one of them about Islamic financing, something that we could really learn more about!
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