Threading My Prayer Rug: one woman's journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim by Sabeeha Rehman

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 4:46pm -- JGranatino

In 1971, an arranged marriage brought Sabeeha Rehman from Pakistan to New York City.  From her charming descriptions of Pakistani marriage customs and traditional family life to her lively -- and often funny -- tales of her adjustment to American life, her memoir is a page turner. Rehman’s timely account highlights the difficulties immigrant families face in trying to remain faithful to their most cherished cultural and religious values while integrating successfully into their adopted land. At the same time, it recounts their joyful discoveries of new customs, celebrations, and friends. In her own journey, Sabeeha embarks upon a professional career as a hospital administrator, engages in fruitful interfaith dialogue, and cofounds the New York Metro chapter of the National Autism Association. In her own words, “I am a foreigner . . . yet, I am falling in love with America . . . my love grew into respect and I ended up ‘marrying’ America.”

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