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Book Launch: Gendered Islamophobia by Monia Mazigh

June 20, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a special book launch event as Monia Mazigh presents her new book, Gendered Islamophobia: My Journey With a Scar(f), in conversation with Adrian Harewood.

Date: Tuesday June 20, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Abbotsford House, 950 Bank St, Ottawa
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This passionate book describes the author’s struggles as a hijab-wearing Muslim immigrant woman in Canada, and the harmful stereotypes she has encountered in the streets and public spaces, in universities, and in the media.

Monia Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She speaks Arabic, French, and English fluently and holds a doctorate in finance. Monia was catapulted onto the public stage in 2002 when her husband, Maher Arar, was deported to Syria where he was tortured and held without charge for over a year. She campaigned vigorously for her husband’s release and later fought to re-establish his reputation and sought reparations. Her book, Hope and Despair, details the account of the family’s ordeal. She is also the author of two novels, Mirrors and Mirages, and Hope Has Two Daughters. Another novel, Farida, is forthcoming. She lives in Ottawa.

Adrian Harewood has been a journalist for over a quarter century. He was the anchor of CBC Ottawa News at Six for 13 years, and previously hosted CBC Ottawa’s radio show All in a Day for 3 years. Harewood joined Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in 2021, where he created the school’s first-ever course focused on race, a graduate seminar called Journalism, Race and Diversity. He also created the first course in Canada devoted to the study of the History of Black Canadian Journalism.


June 20, 2023
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Octopus Books
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Abbotsford House
950 Bank St
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5G6 Canada
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