Shafana And Aunt Sarrinah

Alana Valentine(Currency Press)

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Soft revolution

What do you do when you profoundly disagree with someone you love?

Wearing a hijab is a touchstone of religious identity, but it is also imbued with a complex array of historical and contemporary meanings.

The cultural meaning of the hijab has become a wedge between generations.

At the heart of <i>Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah</i> is the relationship between an aunt and her niece.

Both devout Muslims, the younger woman wants to put on a headscarf, the older woman tries to dissuade her.

For Aunt Sarrinah, the hijab represents a world from which she has escaped; for her niece, Shafana, it is a personal statement of renewed faith.

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