Jihadi Jane

Jihadi Jane This powerful compelling urgent novel succeeds in being compassionate towards its principal characters without flinching from the full horror of their choices Amitav GhoshHigh school best friends Am

  • Title: Jihadi Jane
  • Author: Tabish Khair
  • ISBN: 9780143426424
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • This powerful, compelling, urgent novel succeeds in being compassionate towards its principal characters without flinching from the full horror of their choices Amitav GhoshHigh school best friends Ameena and Jamilla couldn t be different while one smokes cigarettes in their school playground, the other is a member of her mosque s discussion group in suburban Yorksh This powerful, compelling, urgent novel succeeds in being compassionate towards its principal characters without flinching from the full horror of their choices Amitav GhoshHigh school best friends Ameena and Jamilla couldn t be different while one smokes cigarettes in their school playground, the other is a member of her mosque s discussion group in suburban Yorkshire When heartbreak and doubt leave Ameena bereft and alone, she turns to Jamilla s beloved Allah for solace and purpose.It is then that both girls find themselves entranced by a powerful Internet preacher Hejjiye, a woman running an orphanage home in support of the men fighting in the name of jihad Leaving their families and country behind, they run to join the Islamic State in Syria to serve a cause they unquestioningly believe in But things begin to change for the worse and suddenly, the girls find themselves faced with a choice that will change their lives beyond recognition forever.Heart wrenching, masterful and stunningly powerful, Jihadi Jane paints a vivid picture of militant brides operating around the world and the terrifying cost of religious fanaticism.

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    1. "Terrorism has no nationality or religion." ----Vladimir PutinTabish Khair, an Indian author, pens an extraordinary and brutally honest story about terrorism and Islam religion in his new book, Jihadi Janethat unfolds the story of a British Muslim woman who follows her best friend to the unknown and terrorism-gripped lands in Syria as this friend wants to get married to a jihadi man, in order to honor herself in the name of her religion and her holy god, Allah.Synopsis: High-school best friends [...]

    2. If you have seen media reports on schoolgirls who elope to Syria as jihadi brides, and if (not satisfied to simply dismiss them as fanatics) you wondered why they had decided to do it and what would become of them, then this is definitely a book for you.Jamilla comes from a family of Pakistani immigrants, orthodox Muslims compared to her friend Ameena’s Indian parents, who are westernized and divorced. Their story is told by Jamilla to an unnamed writer, an author insert for Khair. This device [...]

    3. Just Another Jihadi Janeis a novel that explores fundamentalism, but with a sympathetic face. Rather than presenting Jane as evil, and other, and inexplicable, Khair weaves a delicate story of two young women who, in each their own way, don’t fit into their families, social networks, or expected roles. That this story leads in unexpected directions, giving at times the feel of a thriller, while still presented from a single compelling narrative voice, is testament to Khair’s storytelling abi [...]

    4. A horrible memoir cloaked in a tag of fiction, I guess. Story of two fanatic girls which made their way to ISIS and end up doing which they've never thought before. I personally felt bad for Ameena and Jamilla for the circumstances they were going through. As they made conscious choices, we, as readers, can't have much choices only to feed bad. To know or conclude something one must detach from it for some time and drone over it. If it really mean and true in its own manner, you'll find very har [...]

    5. I wanted to like this book more- the topic is so timely, but I felt the characters were not well developed enough to fully understand their motives.

    6. There are some books that you read that you forget about the next day and then there are some books that you read and it never leaves your mind. Jihadi Jane is a book of the second category.Jamilla is a god loving Muslim who follows Islam very strictly whereas in the starting of the book, Ameena is a very liberal hearted Muslim. After Ammena faces heartbreak from Alex, she resorts to the teachings of Islam to find a safe haven for her. During the first half of the book, we see how Ameena is tran [...]

    7. When a Muslim raised in the West joins ISIS or murders in the name of Allah, there is talk of "radicalization." In this book, Tabish Khair tries to show what that looks like from the inside by having a disillusioned young woman narrate her journey from a conservative Muslim family in England to an ISIS stronghold in Syria and beyond. Inextricably woven into her story is that of her best friend who comes from a much less rigid Muslim family but follows a similar path.Since this is fiction, I don' [...]

    8. Great novel. I really enjoyed reading this and highly recommend it.The characters are written with great depth and realism.You really feel empathy and understanding for the main characters and the complex reasons behind their extreme decision to leave their families and lives behind and venture into a world they think will be their salvation.It was an engrossing read and I really got sucked into the world of these 2 girls, whom the story is based around.The author, Tabish Khair, gets across thei [...]

    9. This was hard to read but so very well done that it was worth it. The novel offers insight into two devout Muslim teens from the UK, and then their travel to Turkey, Syria and Iraq. It culminates in a daring act by one of the friends - but it is the insight into the thoughts and feelings of the Daesh women that made this such a strong read for me. I started it on vacation -- it's not really a beach read -- but as a paperback, it was easy to pack, and it was really a good read.It also provided so [...]

    10. There are so many ways this book resonated with me. For starters, both the main characters were beautifully fleshed out and real. Secondly, their journey towards become Jihadi Janes was different yet quite believable. I also found writer's insight into writing isolated Muslim immigrant characters like Jamila's mom quite profound. I honestly wasn't expecting that from a male writer. We don't see a lot of friendship stories between women outside romcoms, this is one book which is supposedly about [...]

    11. Although both willing to give up certain freedoms for their religion, the young women become increasingly disillusioned by the restrictions and violence of life under Islamic rule. Once again, they feel like outsiders, but the consequences of dissent are more brutal in Syria than back home. We know that Jamilla gets out, because she’s narrating her story to a writer in Indonesia. But what about Ameena? Is she merely a pawn in her husband’s war?Full review:Alienation in contemporary England: [...]

    12. For many students events in the Middle East are distant things that could never happen to them. Jamilla, for all intents and purposes, grew up Muslim in a western society. This story of her transition from a student to being caught in the midst of a war was eye opening.This would be a great book pre-research for our Global students.Favorite quote:"evil, I am certain now, arises whenever a person believes that only what he considers purely good has the right to exist." (118)

    13. I couldn't manage the writing style--very melodramatic, and the narration was annoying. The accents, too, were odd and not very even. And it felt preachy to me, like an after school special about radicalization. "Why don't you go and fight then?" asked Ameena, "You know t' 'oly Quran as well as A do. Yer know it says: Allah shall grant to t'jihadis above t'holders back a mighty reward." (p.60)

    14. I have mixed thoughts about this book. The writing was weird but, I think the author wanted to give the reader a taste of who the girls were. He wanted the reader to be able to see where the characters came from and for you to see their personalities. I kept reading because the opening of the book makes you want to figure out what happened. But, I will admit there are moments where it is a bit slow.

    15. A book that is not meant to be great literature, but that gives insight into the reasons why two British muslim girls of South Asian immigrant families chose to join ISIS, and their recruiter. If it is based on facts, it is yet another tragic protrayal of the ease with which the vulnerability of young girls are exploited by women. The book protrays familiar expectations for the girls to conform to a foreign culture while living in the culture they were born into.

    16. I really liked the first half of the book and the nuanced and detailed build up of social and cultural context that motivates two girls who grew up in England to participate in Jihad. But, in the second half, the lack of character development becomes more obvious and makes it difficult for the novel to stay engaging. The end is predictable, rushed and one-dimensional.

    17. I am glad to have pushed through this novel because it is so far removed from my knowledge base, but I definitely didn’t enjoy it! I don’t think this is meant to be enjoyed though, rather it is meant to make you sllw down and consider the world from an entirely different viewpoint.

    18. Phenomenal book that just shows how easy it is to become radicalised. I honestly couldn't put this book down.

    19. Really liked much of the author's message and insights about culture, war, religion and women's role in all of these. Interesting and important look into definitions of heroism and victimization.

    20. The premise is interesting but I thought that Jamilla was portrayed as too simple of a character and too submissive. I wanted to learn more about her own hopes and desires. I would image she would have contradictory feelings or some inner turmoil. As a result, I thought this was an exercise in which a man projected some idea of how a woman might conduct herself.I liked this line: "The literature teacher was an Indian woman called Mrs. Chatterji--we never found out what her fist name was--and she [...]

    21. “You have no idea how beautiful the world looks and sounds in the hour after a battle stops!”As a Muslim, I have a problem with the book. It is about how the writer talks about Islam. Like conservative Islam, Orthodox Islam, Practical Islam. There are not types of Islam; I can accept the fact that some people take their religion more seriously than other people.Take some person of same religion and you will find that every person does not follow religion at same extent. But that do not mean [...]

    22. Good effort for a complex subject. The storytelling seemed one dimensional, without nuance and quite childish in places but its heart is in the right (albeit cliched) place, so I'll let this one go!

    23. While the setting and concept of this novel are very timely and interesting I largely disliked the writing and character development as I found the characters to be one-dimensional.

    24. How to imagine the unimaginable? Tabish Khair sets himself quite a task, and a particularly relevant one, in asking how young people from around the world have joined the fray in Syria and the Middle East, including a number of young women. Khair has proved himself up to the challenge in previous novels, where he uses powers of ventriloquism to inhabit characters who may be written about and spoken of, but often do not have a voice. He jumped back in time with the amazing 'The Thing about Thugs' [...]

    25. What an irony that I finished reading Tabish Khair's new novel, Jihadi Jane, on September 11! Anyway, this is the first time I am reading a book by Tabish Khair and I am absolutely impressed. I have read essays by Tabish Khair on religion - Islam, in particular, for which he has also been trolled so much! - and I have always found him to be a sane, rational voice in the midst of all the din about the good and the bad of any religion. Jihadi Jane, though a story of two Muslim British-Asian girls, [...]

    26. Jihadi Jane is one of those books where the title and the hype are far better than the actual product. At best, the book was a mildly engaging tale of a youngster's tryst with the ISIL. I am not very clear what really put me off about this book - yes, the accents seemed a touch desperate but they weren't really the worst thing about 'Jihadi Jane'. What perhaps disappointed me that the book read like the female ISIL version of Reluctant Fundamentalist (it uses the same narrative style). Also with [...]

    27. A tad melodramatic and heavy handed story about two English girls who decide to join Daesh and become militant brides in the war against the West. The novel has a strong start with the protagonists and their childhood in England and I was hooked until they decide to join the terrorist groups as militant brides. The second half ground to a halt and I found it boring and slow. The climax is predictable but overall a fun read. Tabish Khair tries to take a balanced view of the madness that is contem [...]

    28. Reasonably well writtene transformation of one of the protagonists from an extreme-liberal British teenager to a hard-core radicalized Jihadi over the issue of her boyfriend ditching her was a bit funny though since the book is in first person, it was at times odd to read GRE-words (i.e. very uncommon and esoteric words!) being 'spoken' in the first person by the protagonist in first person narrative, the words need to be simple because no one in the world talks using bombastic words otherwise, [...]

    29. Given the current debates on radical Islam, the ISIS and the destructive power of religion, this is one novel that will compel you to snatch it right out of the bookshelf. An extremely well written novel that will leave you shocked by the time you're done. On one hand where certain events are delicately and beautifully portrayed, other events resound with extreme violence and oppression. A well balanced novel that hits at the reality of Jihad and the socio-economic aspects that surround it.

    30. I received a copy of this book through Giveaway.In these days where every new day we hear about a new terrorist attack, I felt an urge to read it. It brilliantly portrayed the harsh and tough struggles of mind and body. Two best friends are entranced by Islamic State in Syria and leave their homes to join it. This changes everything in their lives.The twist at the end was nice. It has a gripping and unique storyline.I liked it.

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