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Sagheer Afzal The Reluctant Mullah
The clock ticks for Musa; he has 30 days to escape from an arranged marriage... Alone in his room in a London madrasah, Musa tries on an abaya, a hijab and a shawl: he has crossed over – to outsiders he has become a Muslim woman. In a Pakistani haveli, his cousin, the nubile Iram, waits to fulfil the will of Dadaji, their grandfather. She and Musa must marry. When Musa’s siblings and friends step in to help him fight tradition and achieve what he wants – a love match – their efforts lead to outrage, hilarity but also tragedy. Sagheer Afzal was born in Harrow to Pakistani parents and educated in a Dewsbury madrasah. He now lives in Peterborough and is an IT teacher.
Fiction MMP February £8.99 400pp 198 x 126mm 978 1 905559 16 9 Markets: W orld USA T ranslation & Serial: Halban Publishers