the girl in the tangerine scarf

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In the book, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf , by Mohja Kahf, it shows the life of a daughter, Khadra Shamy, of two Syrian parents. Kahf explains the ups and downs of growing up in a tight-knit Muslim community and tries to portray a certain type of characteristics of these American Muslims. At this time, American Muslims living in a traditional village in the Midwest were looked at as immigrants because of their priority of the missionary work for their Islam culture, white collar employment, and Islamist ideals. Kahf tries to show other families of American Muslims such as the family that’s from Arab immigrants coming over in the 1920’s and have a different work style and different Islamic practice. A main theme of the book is the bigotry of white Americans against American Muslims. American’s looked at an “observant Muslim” as the same as a “fundamentalist Muslim” and thinks that’s the same as a “terrorist”. American’s racism towards any Muslim identities and looked upon them as “terrorist” is coward like. Throughout the book Khadra is picked on for being “different” or a “rag head”. After
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WOMEN STUD 101 taught by Professor Sharoni during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Plattsburgh.

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