We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir

How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don't exist? Samra Habib has spent most of her life ...

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Title:We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir
Author:Samra Habib
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B07KDW7KVZ
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:226 pages pages

We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir Reviews

  • Marie-Therese
    Aug 03, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

  • Lacey
    Jun 01, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

  • Jessica
    Aug 09, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

  • Basma
    Feb 05, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

  • Erin
    Jul 20, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

  • Bethany
    Jul 11, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

  • Susan
    May 30, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    Jul 19, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

  • Johannes C
    Jul 31, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

  • CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
    Jul 11, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

  • hayls
    Aug 25, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

  • Siobhan
    Aug 17, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

    "The reality is this identity has shaped the way I see the world, and the way others see me, in a way that is beyond my control. Being Muslim is one of the only absolutes about myself I can be sure of. It serves as an anchor when I'm lost at sea. It helps me come back to myself, and it...

    A rare read. This book read me as much as I read it - I felt Samra was speaking directly to me in passage, and dropping heartful wisdom on every page. I devoured it in a day. I read it all day, long into the night. I feel that the rating system is deficient to express how much I lo...

    We Have Always Been Here is a powerful queer Muslim memoir about sexuality, religion, and finding your place. Samra Habib charts her life from growing up in Pakistan as part of a threatened sect of Islam, coming to Canada as a refugee and not fitting in at school, and then ending up in...

  • Ann
    Feb 24, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

  • Ameema Saeed
    Jun 07, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

  • Isabell Ona bike
    Jun 17, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

  • Cátia Vieira
    Jul 30, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

    "The reality is this identity has shaped the way I see the world, and the way others see me, in a way that is beyond my control. Being Muslim is one of the only absolutes about myself I can be sure of. It serves as an anchor when I'm lost at sea. It helps me come back to myself, and it...

    A rare read. This book read me as much as I read it - I felt Samra was speaking directly to me in passage, and dropping heartful wisdom on every page. I devoured it in a day. I read it all day, long into the night. I feel that the rating system is deficient to express how much I lo...

    We Have Always Been Here is a powerful queer Muslim memoir about sexuality, religion, and finding your place. Samra Habib charts her life from growing up in Pakistan as part of a threatened sect of Islam, coming to Canada as a refugee and not fitting in at school, and then ending up in...

    I discovered Samra Habib through netgalley, I saw the description and cover for this book and thought I need an ARC of this ASAP. I was so lucky that Penguin Random House Canada decided I was deserving. First off how am I Canadian and did not know who Samra Sabib was , after readin...

    Why should you read this book? A couple of months ago, when I was looking up the upcoming releases, I felt extremely intrigued by We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir by Samra Habib. I knew I had to read it. I wanted to understand what?s the journey like for a Muslim and ...

  • Madame
    Aug 09, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

  • Sami Eerola
    Aug 06, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

  • Rita
    Jun 07, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

  • Crystal S.
    Aug 18, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

  • Nicole
    Aug 15, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

    "The reality is this identity has shaped the way I see the world, and the way others see me, in a way that is beyond my control. Being Muslim is one of the only absolutes about myself I can be sure of. It serves as an anchor when I'm lost at sea. It helps me come back to myself, and it...

    A rare read. This book read me as much as I read it - I felt Samra was speaking directly to me in passage, and dropping heartful wisdom on every page. I devoured it in a day. I read it all day, long into the night. I feel that the rating system is deficient to express how much I lo...

  • Craig Rowland
    Jul 16, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

  • Kate
    Jul 22, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

    "The reality is this identity has shaped the way I see the world, and the way others see me, in a way that is beyond my control. Being Muslim is one of the only absolutes about myself I can be sure of. It serves as an anchor when I'm lost at sea. It helps me come back to myself, and it...

  • Megan White
    Feb 03, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...

    Have you ever watched or listened to something that you just could not stop thinking about all day? A stubborn all-consuming spectre that clings to every other vacant thought that slides through your consciousness as you conduct the banal tasks of your day. This book was precisely that...

    We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir was written by Samra Habib, a queer-identified Muslimah who came to Canada with her family from Pakistan. Habib is a journalism graduate who can indeed tell a good story. It was hard to put this book down and the pages rapidly turned them...

    "The reality is this identity has shaped the way I see the world, and the way others see me, in a way that is beyond my control. Being Muslim is one of the only absolutes about myself I can be sure of. It serves as an anchor when I'm lost at sea. It helps me come back to myself, and it...

    A rare read. This book read me as much as I read it - I felt Samra was speaking directly to me in passage, and dropping heartful wisdom on every page. I devoured it in a day. I read it all day, long into the night. I feel that the rating system is deficient to express how much I lo...

    We Have Always Been Here is a powerful queer Muslim memoir about sexuality, religion, and finding your place. Samra Habib charts her life from growing up in Pakistan as part of a threatened sect of Islam, coming to Canada as a refugee and not fitting in at school, and then ending up in...

    I discovered Samra Habib through netgalley, I saw the description and cover for this book and thought I need an ARC of this ASAP. I was so lucky that Penguin Random House Canada decided I was deserving. First off how am I Canadian and did not know who Samra Sabib was , after readin...

  • Fully.Booked
    Aug 10, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

  • Hamza Jahanzeb
    Apr 25, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

  • Shawn Sorensen
    Aug 02, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

  • Alexandra
    Aug 22, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

  • Meena Khan
    Apr 19, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

  • Laila
    Jun 10, 2019

    An amazing memoir. Habib recounts her childhood as an Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan, where her family had to hide to stay safe in the face of Islamic extremists and then how this pattern of hiding combined with sexism and homophobia followed her to Canada, where she felt forced to hide her...

    I have been a fan of Samra Habib's work since a few years back. I think I first stumbled upon her writing in The Guardian and later found myself on tumblr looking at her photo projects. So you can say that I went into this with a little bias and curiosity to know more about her, her wo...

    This book is very misleading if you are interested in learning about Islam. Please don't use this book as your reference point. For example, when the writer describes the differences between Shia and Sunni muslims, she does it in a haste without any real, religious knowledge. That whol...

    3.5 stars overall, although the first third of the book is considerably stronger, fresher, and more interesting than the rest. ...

    4.5 stars. ...

    While I enjoyed learning about Ms. Habib and would love to see her photography, I would not say this book was much of an exploration as stated in the summary. For despite being presented as a memoir, I felt it was much more of an objective stating of the facts of Ms. Habib's life and g...

    4.5 STARS - This is an honest and revealing coming-of-age memoir of a queer Muslim woman's struggle with identity, faith and family. Beginning with her childhood as a young Ahmadi Muslim in Pakistan and continuing into her adult life as a successful photojournalist in Toronto, Habib de...

    There were moments during this book that I felt a little bit nervous (like any time the author mentioned trans people), but overall this was a beautiful portrayal of self-discovery. I have read a lot about queer Christians, but to read about the author's relationship with Islam forced ...

    I managed to misinterpret the description of this to such an extent that I spent the first half of the book wondering when the author was going to start talking about queerness. But her narrative of her experiences growing up Ahmadi (a religious minority) in Lahore, then fleeing the co...

    ?????/5! - I?m the first to admit that 9 times out of 10, I?ll choose fiction over nonfiction??? Memoirs can be tricky but I fell in love with this one! I was initially drawn to the cover (I mean, come on?) but i enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would s...

    This is an important book to read as a parent. I actually connected so deeply to the parents, as they navigated how to make their children feel supported for who they are. They make the mistakes I don?t want to make. It?s a powerful and impactful memoir, and I?m glad it was writt...

    Samra Habib provide an honest, raw and gripping account of her life from Pakistan, escaping the clutches of religious intolerance, into a new world in Canada where she and her family sought refuge. It is brilliantly told, with an absolute clear narrative that reads like it's being told...

    I had to take some time to process my thoughts on this book. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes and all thoughts expressed in this review are my own. This book left me in tears. Like, all out sobbing tears. I?m so glad that this memoir was written...

    ?Our understanding of the interior lives of those who are not like us is contingent on their ability to articulate themselves in a language we know. The further removed people are from proficiency in that language, the less likely they are to be understood as complex individuals. The...

    Disclaimer: I no longer feel comfortable to rate stars on the accounts of true stories/memoirs. It feels like an unfair judgement. Thank you for net galley and publisher for allowing to an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. Honestly when I first started the book, I th...

    I positively inhaled this. It is high time everyone realised that queer Muslims exist. I saw so much of myself in Samra though we are from a different culture and faith tradition - I took about twenty screenshots of quotes which give expression to my own experiences I struggle to d...

    Very moving and inspiring tale of a Muslim girl that finds feminism and then the courage to assert her true identity as a queer Muslim. This is not just a autobiography, but a great book about balancing conflicting identities and loyalties. How to protect your Muslim family from ra...

    [review pending] ...

    Heartfelt and forthright. ...

    This is a valuable book, and while I liked it I wished that it went deeper. I feel like there's so much about the author I don't know. Maybe she wrote as much as she was able to at this time. ...

    Easily one of the best books I?ve read all year. Habib?s story is compelling and inspiring, and her writing is magnificent. A very, very good read. ...

    I picked up this memoir on a whim and am super glad to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very rewarding reading from a point of view so different from my own and seeing how Habib's faith intersected with her sexuality. I do think that the narrative was a little too loose and did...

    Not sure what to make of this book. It is certainly not a memoir, but more of a paint-by-numbers autobiography (I was born on such and such date, when I was young this happened, then that happened..., etc). And to that end, who is Samra Habib, why should we be interested in *her* life ...