by Rana Asfour
Can’t wait to receive this wonderful book by the very inspiring Alya Mooro to add to my shelves. Her interview with Afikra on this miserably cold & wet Virginia day was nuanced, engaging & really fun.
‘The Greater Freedom’ by Alya Mooro is all about being who you really want to be free from restriction or fear of repercussions. Part memoir & part social exploration, the author talks about the pull she felt growing between two cultures (Arab & British). Through personal experience & interviews with other Middle Eastern women she gives voice to women under pressure to conform to society’s ideals of how a woman should look & behave, what she should want and be.
The book was released in 2019. As a follow up the author has recently launched a newsletter entitled ‘The Greater Conversation Newsletter' - a newsletter centring female Middle Eastern experiences. It’s awesome!
And if you’re into podcasts, she’s got one of those with co-presenter Nasri Atallah called ‘Bootleg Magic’