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The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman Outside the Stereotypes Kindle Edition
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“Both witty and wonderfully written, [The Greater Freedom is] an essential read that examines cultural stereotypes and the notion of belonging.” —Culturefly
“What a book! The Greater Freedom has blown my mind with all the ways a Middle Eastern woman living outside of the stereotypes survives and thrives, and the research is impeccable too. What a gift to the world!” —Laura Jane Williams, bestselling author of Becoming and Our Stop
“The Greater Freedom is what all good books should be: engaging, educational, and an escape into a world outside of your own, that you should know far more about. Mooro speaks truth to power and debunks stereotypes with wit, style and sass.” —Yomi Adegoke, bestselling author of Slay in Your Lane
“Well written and properly researched…Alya Mooro’s voice is true and strong, delivering a book that has great value for anyone interested in the politics of gender, and how we navigate eternal expectations from family and society. This personal and heartfelt narrative asks what it truly means to be free.” —Amal Awad, author of Beyond Veiled Cliché
“The Greater Freedom is such an important read, regardless of your background. It gives a refreshing, honest, and insightful narrative of how it feels to be a woman caught between cultures, and Alya has done an amazing job of blending her voice with an impressive amount of research. TGF helps break down stereotypes and educate others—we need more books like this!” —Sunayah Arshad, writer, Azeema Magazine
About the Author
Alya Mooro was born in Cairo in 1989. She has written for publications including Grazia, Refinery29, the Washington Post and the Telegraph on everything from social commentary and fashion to lifestyle. She holds a BA in Sociology and Psychology from City University and a Masters in Journalism from Westminster.
Alya runs the cult blog alyamooro.com and has collaborated with brands including Nike, ASOS and Absolut. She has guested on numerous national radio stations including BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra, where she was invited to speak about topics including the need for increased diversity in the media.
She is a representative voice both for her generation and for multicultural women everywhere and was featured in a spread in the August 2017 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, where she was selected as part of a new generation of ‘globetrotting Arab women who embody [a] cosmopolitan legacy’.
- ASIN : B07NQCVJMT
- Publisher : Little A (October 1, 2019)
- Publication date : October 1, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1751 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 252 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #569,992 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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When I think of the Middle East, I remember books I read about drownings, hangings, and cruelty to women. I can't get these stories out of my mind and probably never will. I am white and I am also a minority. Every group of people have dirty secrets and things they are ashamed of. People cannot cram their sorrows down other people's throats.
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I am better for reading it.
I don't agree with everything in this book, it is probably 70% to 30%. I have always considered London home more the anywhere else. I am proudly a British Muslim a lot of the issues raised and discussed in this book applies to many people like me, even though the were brought up from a female point of view. If I had just one complaint of this book it would be apart jerks, (with the notable exception of Alya's father and "Courtney"), 95% of the Male voices on this book are from the jerks.
One thing in general that has always made me laugh that come up in this book as well is hip hop fan are always, complaong about Rock/Metal songs, where as I have always found Hip Hop lyrics more disrespectful, to woman especially. Yet they are surprised when they really listen to them or find the people who sang the actually believe them.
This book is well researched, and most of a current. Not just quoting academics and journalists but every day people (mainly women), popculture references and current event of this generation that everyone has been affected by. The other things this books tries to break is labels most people try to take the best of every category, without falling to the pitfall and if you do to learn from mistakes as life continually moves on.
This is an excellent book and I would be interested to read more, but in favour of the gender gap to hear from some male voices that are not evil or ghosts. I definitely recommend this book along with Young British Muslim Voices.