31 October, 2020

Wings Of A Changing Dove

Torn between being a traditional Muslim woman and a modern one in the US, Daisy Khan tackles stereotypes post 9/11 in a journey of self-discovery

Wings Of A Changing Dove

Born with an in-built resistance towards motivational books, I embark upon reading Born With Wings with some scepticism. Queen Noor’s lavish praise on the book jacket doesn’t help. Nor does the somewhat cheesy cover image of white feathered wings. However, the book’s subtitle—The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman—catches my eye because it draws my attention to what has for so long been the elephant in the room: namely being a Muslim, being modern and being a woman. Seldom are these three states of being put tog­ether and talked about with any degree of serious introspection and candour. Seldom still are these three states of being coupled with a journey, that too a spiritual one.

Born into a well-to-do Kashmiri family, conscious of being born to a mother who had produced three daughters before the much-awaited son made his app­e­arance, Daisy Khan travels to the United States in pursuit of an education following both her family’s guiding principle and the Quranic injunction: Rabbi ziddi...



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