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We Have Always Been Here: Samra Habib in conversation with Zeba Talkhani

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A queer Muslim searches for the language to express her truest self, making peace with her sexuality, her family, and Islam.

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We are delighted to welcome Samra Habib to discuss her memoir, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, with Zeba Talkhani.

A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib’s story starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at sixteen. When she realised she was queer, it was yet another way she felt like an outsider.

So begins a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. It shows how Muslims can embrace queer sexuality, and families can embrace change. A triumphant story of forgiveness and freedom, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt alone and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.

Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist she’s covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and Advocate, her portraits have been exhibited at the V&A in London and her photo project, ‘Just Me and Allah’, has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and Washington Post. She works with LGBTQ organisations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is her first book.

Zeba Talkhani is the author of MY PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY: A MUSLIM FEMINIST FINDS HERSELF (Sceptre, 2019). She has also written for the Saudi Gazette, The Manipal Journal, gal-dem, Wasafiri and the Nasty Women anthology. She works in publishing and is a passionate advocate for BAME voices in the publishing industry. She was born in Sirsi, South India, in 1991. She currently lives in London.

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