At the age of twenty-three, Ayesha removed her face veil to begin her studies in New York City.
Braiding together Western, South Asian and Qur’anic storytelling styles, the author illuminates what it means to exist in a world that demands something different from each of her identities. With lyrical prose and scholarly precision, she weaves her personal experiences with incisive social commentary to uncover the meaning of faith and belonging, love and betrayal, family and womanhood. In so doing, she offers us a vision of freedom that isn’t measured in fabric.
“The Colour of God meditates on the ways--illuminates the ways--identity, nation, religion, gender, and family are constituted and troubled. I love and admire this book for many reasons: the deep, rigorous, intersectional thinking; its cyclical mode of storytelling, which is itself a mode of inquiry; it's heartbreaking and, at times, really funny; the profoundly generous heart behind the questions this book asks. But perhaps most moving to me is how The Colour of God offers us a sustained exploration of home and belief and the tendrils between the two—and reveals, again and again, how these ideas are always contested and contesting. The Colour of God is 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 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
'Ayesha Chaudhry is the kind of authentic voice that is rarely heard nowadays. Her experiences of family and the patriarchal interpretations of Islam, that are pushed upon women of South Asian heritage, resonated with me on so many levels. I'm very glad she wrote The Colour of God book, we need more like it!'