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God in Pink
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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A debut novel about a young gay Muslim in war-torn Iraq. The debut book by Hasan Namir is a revelatory novel about being queer and Muslim, set in war-torn Iraq in 2003. Ramy is a closeted university student whose parents have died, and who lives under the close scrutiny of his strict brother and sister-in-law. They exert pressure on him to find a wife, leaving him anguished and struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion, and culture. Desperate for counsel, he seeks the advice of Ammar, a sheikh at a local mosque, whose tolerance is challenged by the contradictions between Ramy's dilemma and the teachings of the Qur'an, leading him to question his own belief system. Alternating between quiet moments of beauty and raw depictions of violence, God in Pink poignantly captures the anguish and the fortitude of gay Muslims in Iraq.
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bookishkris
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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A little pre-Sunday School reading. Every few months I pull this out and think about reading it, and today when getting ready I just grabbed it and tossed it into my bag. I love to time between getting my stuff set up and when the kids arrive. Today‘s lesson is a continuation of last week, talking about courage and bravery and observing both MLK Day and Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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aLmYbNeNr
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Powerful, gritty, haunting. The story is told in the points-of-view of Ramy, a university student struggling to reconcile his sexuality with his religion and Ammar, a sheikh at Ramy's mosque, who's torn between strict interpretations of the Quran and helping a member of the community.

Recommended to anyone interested in a fictionalization view of what it means to be gay and Muslim in a Muslim majority country. Includes suicide, homicide, and sex.

WordWaller This sounds very good 3y
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Jabberwocky
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I'm not quite sure where I stand on this one. It's an intriguing read that flips between a young, Muslim, gay university student in Baghdad who is struggling with pressure from his family to settle down with a wife. And an older, married sheik that the young man turns to for help. The author does a great job painting the stark realities that face so many people like me in countries stricter than mine. #lgbtq #lgbtqaa #pride #pridereads #pridemonth

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Giovannacb
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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Day 9 of the #Riotgrams challenge : LGBTQ+. Happy pride month to all of you beauties and remember: in the end Love wins!! 🏳️‍🌈

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DarthDeadpool
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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This book was absolutely heartbreaking. I was emotional while reading this because it represents reality for so many people around the world.

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DarthDeadpool
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I'm so excited to start this tonight!

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shawnmooney
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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After the domestic terrorist attack at a mosque in Quebec City, @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian posted this important blog entry about Muslim Canadian writers. I haven't read any of them yet, so I'm grateful to have this reading guide. #MuslimShelfSpace
https://caseythecanadianlesbrarian.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/nine-muslim-canadian...

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Thanks for sharing! 3y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
StephBengtson Thanks! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @shawnmooney for sharing the post ❤️ 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
God in Pink | Hasan Namir
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In response to the Islamophobic hate crime that happened in Quebec City on Sunday, I made a list of Canadian Muslim authors to read. It includes books for kids and teens, mysteries, memoirs, and more! Many of the writers are also #LGBTQ. Check it out: https://CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/nine-muslim-canadian...
#MuslimShelfSpace

MCYmermaid Thank you. 3y
Prairiegirl_reading This is awesome! Thank you. 3y
Julsmarshall Love it! Thank you! 3y
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saresmoore Very cool, thanks for sharing this! 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Thanks all! Hope this inspires you to read some of these authors' work! 3y
shawnmooney Very well done – included so many writers I'd never heard of! 💜❤💜❤ 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @shawnmooney Thanks! I hope you read one of their books. 3y
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KarenaFagan
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Heartbreaking. Excellent writing. Loved the way Namir used different fonts to swap between Ramy and Ammar. It felt fluid and organic.

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shawnmooney
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Congratulations to Vancouver writer Hasan Namir for winning this year's Lambda Literary Gay Fiction award for his novel 'God in Pink'! The novel centers on queer life in war-torn Iraq, circa 2003, and I can't wait to read it!

brendanmleonard Wow sounds great! 4y
Lindy I liked the quiet nature of this, and the alternating viewpoints. 4y
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