The 10 Best Books For Muslim Girls: A Reading List For All Ages
Books for Muslim girls that are full of life lessons, motivational stories, and history. From autobiographies to novels exploring the struggles of being a Muslim woman in today's world, these books will give you an insight into what it means to be a Muslim woman.
A book is a shared experience. No matter how different we may be, there's always something for us to find in the pages of a good book. This list includes books that have been recommended by Muslim women from all walks of life—authors, teachers, students, and more—to help you add some diversity to your reading list.
Muslim girls who love reading are in luck! There are tons of great books out there about Muslim girls and their experiences. Here's a list to get you started on finding your next favorite read!
1. A Very Large Expanse of Sea: Tahereh Mafi
In A Very Large Expanse of Sea, a gripping and emotional story of family, friendship, and love: Shirin is a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who doesn't always feel like she fits in at her predominantly white school—and it doesn't help that her parents are going through a divorce. But when an unexpected friendship begins to bloom with one of her classmates, Shirin starts to feel like she finally belongs in her skin. With sensitivity and humor, Tahereh Mafi has written a powerful novel about challenging the stereotypes that we often place on one another.
2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini:
The Kite Runner follows the lives of Amir, the son of a wealthy merchant in Afghanistan, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. Their fates are forever intertwined by a momentary act of betrayal that has devastating consequences for both boys. It is a powerful story told in stunning prose about love and friendship set against the backdrop of history with a stark reminder of how life in Afghanistan has been defined for decades and how it continues to be defined by violence and war.
3. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel about the experiences of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It tells the story of author Marjane Satrapi as a young girl and the struggles she faces as a person living in a country undergoing political change. Satrapi can provide readers with an intimate look at daily life for Muslims during this period through both her own experiences and those of her family and friends.
4. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri:
The Namesake follows the Ganguli family as they immigrate from Calcutta, India, to Boston and find their footing in a different country. The novel explores what it means for a child who has been raised in America to have parents who are immigrants and how these children carry aspects of both their parents' cultures within them.
5. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson:
Nimona is a graphic novel about the shapeshifter's adventures while trying to help Sir Goldenloin save his kingdom from Lord Blackheart. It also includes an assortment of other wacky characters, including Ballister and Ambrosius. This story is full of humor, history, and action and is an excellent read for girls looking for something different from the usual.
6. The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam:
The novel, The Good Muslim is about a generation who has grown up after Bangladesh's independence. They are faced with different problems than their parents and grandparents did, which make them feel like they're living two separate lives coexisting in one country without really belonging anywhere else either figuratively or speaking for themselves as well as other people from various backgrounds doing the same thing because of how complex life can be when you don't know your past; it becomes difficult enough just trying to survive on this earth while being accepted by society itself at some point too!
7. Call Me Zebra: Azareen Van der Vliet Oloom
Books are Zebra's only companions—until she meets Ludo. His magnetic connection with her is what eventually drew them together. Their time spent in each other's company was riddled by intense friction as well as a surprising degree of understanding for one another's thoughts on life: he thought that she seemed unhinged because it felt like every word out of her mouth involved death. On the other hand (and more importantly), I think my theories might have some truth behind them despite being so complex sometimes-you can't help but want someone else to see how right you actually believe yourself even if your words don't match up at first glance...
Ludo becomes increasingly frustrated trying to understand where this obsession comes from, which this mysterious girl from next door seems to have with death, and about her quirky personality, which he tries so desperately to get a grip on.
8. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai:
At age fifteen, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for insisting that girls have a right to an education. This is her story—the powerful account of her life before and after the attack, how she recovered from surgery to regain consciousness, how she strengthened her resolve to fight for girls' rights to go to school, and how she continues the journey today.
The book I am Malala tells the story of a young woman's fight to eliminate child illiteracy and her refusal to bow down in Pakistan's face of religious and political oppression.