Of Hockey and Hijab: Reflections of a Canadian Muslim Woman

Paperback | October 15, 2009

bySheema Khan

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In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan - Candian hockey mom and Harvard PhD - gives us her pointed insights on being a modern and liberal, yet practicing, Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism and fanaticism, human rights post 9/11, Ismalic law, women's rights, sharia, and the meaning of hijab, she explains Islam to the greater public while calling for mutual understanding and tolerance. She tells us "Why Muslims are angry," and protests, "You can't pigeonhole 1.6 billion Muslims," while calling on Muslims to "acknowledge the rise of fanaticism," She explains the palusibility of Islamic financing and applies the Charter of Rights to Canada. "Can there be Islamic democtracy?" she askes, and then, "Will Quebec adopt France's peculiar brand of liberty?" Provocative and original, even-handed and concilatory, these essays are an important contirbution to an urgent modern debate.

I will never see my own country quite the same again. I thank Sheema Khan for lending me her eyes and giving all Canadians the precious and welcome gift of her words. Her insight into everything from religion to hockey - often thought to be the same thing in this country! - is blessed with intelligence and humour.
- Roy MacGregor, author ofCanadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People

From women's issues to terrorism to Islamophobia,Of Hockey and Hijabtakes the reader on a journey to explore the many contemporary issues affecting Muslims in Canada and abroad. Khan's book is a must read for all
- Mona Mazigh, author ofHope and Despair

Sheema Khan reflects on issues ranging from discrimination from others to religious patriarchy from within, faced by her Muslim coreligionists in Canada and abroad. She does so with empathy, wisdom, and humour, concluding that reasonable accommodation on the the part of non-Muslims and a proper reading of the Koran and understanding of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad would lead to an Islam that would be perfectly compatible with Canada's unique multicultural experiment.
- Michael Adams, Environics Institute, author ofUnlikely Utopia

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In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan - Candian hockey mom and Harvard PhD - gives us her pointed insights on being a modern and liberal, yet practicing, Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism and fanaticism, human rights post 9/11, Ismalic law, women's rights, sharia, and the meaning of hijab, she...

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In these thoughtful essays, Sheema Khan - Candian hockey mom and Harvard PhD - gives us her pointed insights on being a modern and liberal, yet practicing, Muslim, especially in Canada. Tackling a host of issues, such as terrorism and fanaticism, human rights post 9/11, Ismalic law, women's rights, sharia, and the meaning of hijab, she...

Sheema Khanwrites a monthly column forThe Globe and Mailon issues pertaining to Islam and Muslims. She holds a PhD from Harvard University in chemical physics, along with numerous patents on drug delivery technology. She has served on the Board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and is the founder and former chair of the Cana...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.04 × 5.25 × 0.5 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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INTRODUCTION v THE HIGHJACKING OF ISLAM Was He Not a Human Soul? 1 The Abuse of Islamic Language 3 Reforming Islam 6 The Virtuous Jihad 8 The Seduction of Terror: How to Counter It 11 Bin Laden vs The Prophet (1): A War of Ideas 14 Bin Laden vs The Prophet (2): Two Opposing Visions . . . 17 Acknowledging Fanaticism 20 LIVING IN FEAR: CANADIAN WHILE MUSLIM Don't Shackle Us to 9/11 27 Canadian While Muslim 30 Living with Fear 32 Double Standards 35 Ugly Then, Ugly Now 38 It`s Still Nasty to Out There 41 Exposing Anti-Muslim Discomfort 44 Deliver Us from Suspicion 46 Canadian Double-talk 49 The Government's Discrimination 51 Outsourcing Torture: Government Duplicity 55 ISLAM IN THE WORLD This Way Forward for Muslims 61 Why Muslims are Angry 64 Love-Hate 67 Islamic Financing 70 Neighbourly Love and Mideast Debate 73 Islamic Democracy? 75 Fearing Dubai 79 Using the Lessons of Canada to Heal the Wounds . . . 82 Funny 84 The Soul in Science 87 THE CANADIAN WAY I Was a Teenage Hijabi Hockey Player 95 There Really is a Canadian Way 97 Looking to the Charter 100 Facing New Identities 102 Make Room for the Spiritual When Educating Our Young 105 China's Hui and a Muslim model for Canada 108 A Leader Who Knows How to Serve 110 Democracy, Peace, and Sharia Law 112 There's Nothing Like Watching the Montreal Canadiens . . . 114 THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN Putting Women First 121 Storming the Harvard Bastion 123 Sharia-phobia 126 Banning Hijab: the New Colonialism 130 No Veiled Threats 133 Hijabs: Don't Kick Up a Fuss 136 Our Right to Flash Some Veil 138 Don't Misread the Koran 141 Uprooting Age-old Customs from Within 143 The Koran Does Not Sanction Wife-Beating 146 A Hero for Our Times 148 What Closed-Minded Liberals Can Learn from . . . 151 The Sorrow and Pity of "Honour" 153

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"I will never see my own country quite the same again. I thank Sheema Khan for lending me her eyes and giving all Canadians the precious and welcome gift of her words. Her insight into everything from religion to hockey - often thought to be the same thing in this country! - is blessed with intelligence and humour." - Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People"From women's issues to terrorism to Islamophobia, Of Hockey and Hijab takes the reader on a journey to explore many contemporary issues affecting Muslims in Canada and abroad. Khan's book is a must read for all." - Monia Mazigh, author of Hope and Despair"Sheema Khan reflects on issues ranging from discrimination from others to religious patriarchy from within, faced by her Muslim coreligionists in Canada and abroad. She does so with empathy, wisdom, and humour, concluding that reasonable accommodation on the part of non-Muslims and a proper reading of the Koran and understanding of the teachings of the prophet Muhammad would lead to an Islam that would be perfectly compatible with Canada 's unique multicultural experiment." - Michael Adams, President, Environics Institute