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Bloomsbury, 2006 - London (England) - 276 pages
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A unique look at the life of an orthodox Muslim woman in London. In her Muslim hijab, with her down-turned gaze, Najwa is invisible to most eyes, especially to the rich London families whose houses she cleans. But twenty years earlier it was a different story. Najwa was at university in Khartoum and, as an upper-class westernised Sudanese, her dreams were to marry well and raise a family. However, those days of innocence came to an abrupt end and tough years followed for Najwa. Now she finds solace in her visits to the Mosque, the companionship of the Muslims she meets there and in the hijab she adopts. Her dreams may have shattered but her awakening to Islam has given her a different peace. Then Najwa meets a younger man and slowly they begin to fall in love...

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User Review  - sbsolter - LibraryThing

In Minaret, Leila Aboulela tells a beautiful story about a woman from a wealthy family in Sudan who must start her life over when a political coup forces her into exile in London. She eventually takes ... Read full review

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

Lent this from the library. To be honest I was bored sometimes while reading this but there were some interesting parts as well. I did not like the main character much. Could not really relate. Not a bad book though. There was something about how it was written that kept me wanting to read more. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 and grew up in Khartoum. She is the author of two books: a novel The Translator, which was published to critical acclaim in 1999 and a book of short stories, Coloured Lights published in 2000. She lives between Jakarta and Aberdeen.

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