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The Colour of God

'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 and Refugee Tales

The Colour of God is the story of a child raised in Canada by parents who embraced a puritanical version of Islam to shield them from racism. The author explores the joys and sorrows of growing up in a fundamentalist Muslim household, wedding grand historical narratives of colonialism and migration to the small intimate heartbreaks of modern life. In revisiting the beliefs and ideals she was raised with, Chaudhry invites us to reimagine our ideas of self and family, state and citizenship, love and loss.

'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 and Refugee Tales

'The Colour of God meditates on the ways--illuminates the ways--identity, nation, religion, gender, and family are constituted and troubled. It's heartbreaking and, at times, really funny; the profoundly generous heart behind the questions this book asks.'

– Ross Gay, bestselling author of The Book of Delights

‘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 is a feminist academic rant, and a thoroughly enjoyable one. Chaudhry is both profound, incredibly funny and with very little inhibition… The author’s strength is to bring the profound into the mundane. A very alluring read.'

– Muslim News