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We Have Always Been Here: a Queer Muslim Memoir

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We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib is “a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt out of place and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.” Samra shares their story of growing up in Pakistan, immigrating to Canada with their family as refugees, and the choices they’ve made throughout their life to embrace the fullness of their identity. Samra’s writing is vivid and immersive and takes you deep into the most difficult and beautiful moments of their relationships.

WINNER of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award | Paperback | Published by Viking Penguin June 4, 2019 | 240 Pages


Meet the Author:

Samra Habib (she/they) is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist they have covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Advocate, and their photo project, "Just Me and Allah," has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and The Washington Post. They work with LGBTQ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is their first book.