HONORABLE MENTION - Spiritual
San Francisco Book Festival awards- 2017
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TOP 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books: 2017
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TOP 10 Religion & Spirituality Books: 2016
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PUBLICATIONS

'Not A Mosque, and Not at Ground Zero,' an excerpt from the book, featured in salon.com, Sept. 23, 2017
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'Ramadan, Pakistan Style,' featured in The Wall Street Journal, Opinion section, in the Houses of Worship column, June 23, 2017
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'Memories of Hajj, from Mother to Son', featured in The Wall Street Journal, Opinion section, in the Houses of Worship column. September 9, 2016.
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'My Muslim Christmas in July', an excerpt from the book, featured in The Wall Street Journal, Opinion section, in the column Houses of Worship. July 8, 2016
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"Was Love Arranged." Tiferet Journal, Spring 2017.

'Ramadan Without The Fast,' an excerpt from the book, featured in Our Town newspaper. June 20, 2016
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PRESS

RADIO

Radio Interview: WCWP LIU 88.1 FM.  July 5, 2017
Program: SELDOM SAID
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Radio interview: WJFF 90.5 FM. March 1, 2017
WJFFradio.org
Scroll to March 1, 2017. Click on: Talk Shop.  7:00 pm
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Radio interview with Dean Obeidallah, Dean of Comedy. July 16, 2016.
On Shari'ah
On Arranged Marriage
On Clash with Women's Rights

T.V.

Voice of America. Alhurra TV. June 1, 2017
Iftar at Village Temple
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PRINT PRESS

East Brunswick Sentinel. Sept. 26, 2017
Author Chronicles Her Life As An American Muslim
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The Chautauqua Daily, July 24, 2017
Interview in advance of Author's Hour
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'Staten Island Advance, August 12, 2016. From Lighthouse Hill, a faith to move mountains',
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"Laced with lovable, witty, and wise vocabulary...It is in the last part of the book that the writer turns to discussing and implementing interfaith understanding and dialogue which are very much a reality of the day. That one masterstroke of penmanship and objective thought is the ultimate grand finale to a lifelong effort of understanding not only other faiths, but also her own. Dawn. Pakistan. Jan. 8, 2017
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Dawn. Pakistan. Jan. 15, 2017
"The “born-again Muslim” intertwines her affaire de coeur with America in a charmingly intuitive book...innocently loveable details..."
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Roznama Dunya. Pakistan. Jan. 15, 2017
The Urdu translation of the Dawn article of Jan. 15, 2017 appeared in
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REVIEWS

Rehman’s personal journey is her own, but speaks broadly to all immigrant journeys in contemporary America. With so much discussion about immigrants from Muslim in the national conversation, it’s good to have a story with this unique perspective. . . . we see how she navigates American society, retains her identity and passes it on to her children and community, accepts becoming an American, modifies some of her traditions while manufacturing new ones, and enriches her own life and the lives of those around herthus weaving her contribution into the fabric of America, and enriching the American tapestry.” —Booklist, starred review
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"Rehman’s spirited debut memoir illuminates the challenges of living an authentically Muslim life in America. . . .With sparkling anecdotes about everything from the “Christmas-ization of Eid” to engineering her son’s marriage, Rehman lends a light heart and an open mind to the process of becoming a multicultural “hybrid.”" -PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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"A heartfelt memoir plumbs the multilayered experience of being Muslim in America. With a steady infusion of verve and personality, Rehman immerses readers in the traditions of a Middle Eastern culture. . . . Rehman's memoir offers a deeper understanding and appreciation for Muslim lifestyles while imparting a message of unity and international fellowship. A culturally rich and rewarding personal chronicle of ethnic faith and intermingled tradition."  –KIRKUS REVIEWS
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Rehman lends a strong and compelling voice to moderate Muslims, and her discussion of her faith and the areas she believes need modernization illustrate the different opinions within the Muslim community.”—Library Journal

"Threading My Prayer Book will inevitably receive plaudits, and hopefully many will mention Rehman’s astute, witty, and endearing style as she tells a story that began with a lastingly successful arranged marriage." Manhattan Book Review, ***** stars
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"Exceptionally well written and consistently compelling read from beginning to end. . . should be a part of every community library collection in the country” - Midwest Book Review
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"A warm, amusing and, for a Jewish reader, a surprisingly familiar story." - The Jewish Week
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I can summarize my recommendation to you in one sentence: this is my 137th new book that I have completed this year and it is definitely in my top 10, maybe top 5. I am already planning to schedule it for church book club ... This is not a heavy or hard-hitting book, but that’s where its beauty lies. Like a prayer rug, it is only threads and backing- but the pattern keeps you staring and thinking and contemplating and that’s how the transformation happens. -Reverand Julia Seymour, Lutheran Church of Hope, Achorage, AK.
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ADVANCE PRAISE

“Funny and frank, acute and compassionate, this story of an immigrant ‘fish out of water’ who falls in love with her adopted American home is for all of us, and for all timesbut current events also make it the story for this time. As Americans consider who they were, are, and want to be in the future, they could have no better guide than Sabeeha Rehman. I can’t imagine our country, or my bookshelf, without her.” —Susan Choi, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of A Person of Interest and My Education

"Coming to America is seldom associated with discovering one's faith-let alone Islam. Rich in exotic detail, Sabeeha's true-life story is funny, sweet, beautiful, warm, and deeply touching to any reader, who will note how much the heart and sould of a Muslim mother is like that of any other." Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, author of What's Right With Islam.
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"Threading My Prayer Rug is a warm, wise, and wonderful book. Ms. Rehman writes in a wry and often humorous style that is understanding of human foibles yet gently pushes readers of all backgrounds to become fuller and more engaged human beings."Rabbi Marc Schneier, author and President of the Foundation of Ethnic Understanding.
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"Take this journey on Sabeeha's prayer rug, and you will be enchanted as she vividly and beautifully transports you through rich and elaborate threads of a lifetime lived with love, intelligence, and compassion- an inspiration to all." Ranya Tabari Idliby, coauthor of Faith Club;  Burqas, Baseball and Apple Pie

"Sabeeha Rehman's prose resonates with intimacy, wisdom, and wit." Sidney Offit former president of the Authors Guild Foundation and author of Memoir of a Bookie's Son

"Threading My Prayer Rug is a beautifully written memoir of a cosmopolitan and faithful Pakistani-American Muslim woman. It's recommended for all who want to have a sense of how the tapestry of American Islam is shaped by the contributions of a variety of Muslims, including those from South Asia." -Omid Safi, Director, Duke Islamic Studies Center.

"With anti-Islamic sentiments on the rise in this country, Threading My Prayer Rug is a refreshing look at what it is really like to be a Muslim in the US today." -Jan Goodwin, award-winning author and Senior Fellow at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute of Investigative Journalism.

TESTIMONIAL

"...I wish I lived next door to a Muslim family. I'd like to get to know one...Read this book. Walk a mile in the author's shoes.  Then buy another copy and give it to someone you love."  - Katherine Santone-LaPorta

"...Bia has a wonderful, laughter filled voice as a writer...This is a remarkable read written by a remarkable woman that would build bridges where other's would build walls. Bia's words are beautiful and important and the story of her life is one meant to be read by everyone no matter what god you worship or country you call home." - Sara Fiori

RECOMMENDED READING - Threading My Prayer Rug

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