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September 20, 2020

Book Review: Mothering A Muslim by Nazia Erum

Product details

Hardcover: 248 pages

Publisher: Juggernaut (15 December 2017)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 938622853X

ISBN-13: 978-9386228536

Package Dimensions: 20 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm


What is this book all about?

Nazia Erum runs a fashion start-up, and is the mother of an adorable little girl. But from the day Myra was born, she found herself asking questions she didn’t have answers for. It began with her daughter’s name – should Nazia choose a traditional Islamic name or a more non-religious sounding one so that her daughter couldn’t be identified as a Muslim? Nazia was not the only modern middleclass Muslim asking this question. Soon she discovered that finding the right name for Myra was the least of her worries. Talking to over 100 children and their parents across 12 cities, what Nazia uncovers is deeply troubling. She heard stories of rampant bullying of Muslim children in many of the country’s top schools, of six-year-olds being hit by their classmates because of their faith, of religious segregation in classrooms and of anxious Muslim parents across the country who monitor their children’s dress, speech and actions to protect them. In Mothering a Muslim, she finally lifts the veil on this taboo subject, one that is spoken of only in whispers. Urgent, gripping and heartbreaking, this is essential reading for every Indian.


This book has been a eye-opener for me. I am very shocked and surprised that the kids of the younger age are treated so badly and even the adults are not spared. Children who do not understand the harsh reality and the politics power play are dragged into the unnecessary stuff which has negative impact on them. We need to make sure that Muslim children should lead a happy and good life. Muslim mothers also should not be a victim of the same thing with their children. We need to make sure that the children should be inculcating  the right ideas. Bullying and Ragging is a serious issue. We also need to educate our children that everyone should be treated equally and should not be biased towards anyone. The author has done a commendable job in terms of writing and has explained what situations they go through.


A very good book which is a must read. I personally recommend this book to all the parents and teachers of India, and really appreciate the work of the debut author.

Rating: 5*/5

PS: Thank you Juggernaut for this review copy.

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