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Christ Church Cathedral414 Sparks St.
4:30pm

We Have Always Been Here

with Samra Habib
Hosted by Anna Shah Hoque

We Have Always Been Here

with Samra Habib
Hosted by Anna Shah Hoque
26
Saturday
Oct
4:30pm
Christ Church Cathedral
414 Sparks St.
General
$20
$25
Reduced
$15
$20
Members
Free
Free
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(door price)
Samra Habib - Photo by Yuula Benivolski
How do you find yourself when the world tells you that you don’t exist?
 
Samra Habib has spent most of her life searching for the safety to be herself. As an Ahmadi Muslim growing up in Pakistan, she faced regular threats from Islamic extremists who believed the small, dynamic sect to be blasphemous. From her parents, she internalized the lesson that revealing her identity could put her in grave danger.
 
When her family came to Canada as refugees, Samra encountered a whole new host of challenges: bullying, racism, the threat of poverty, and an arranged marriage. Backed into a corner, her need for a safe space—in which to grow and nurture her creative, feminist spirit—became dire. The men in her life wanted to police her, the women in her life had only shown her the example of pious obedience, and her body was a problem to be solved.
 
So begins an exploration of faith, art, love, and queer sexuality, a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. A triumphant memoir of forgiveness and family, both chosen and not, We Have Always Been Here: A Queer Muslim Memoir 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.
 
Books available for purchase at every event: Proceeds support our free children’s literacy programs. 

See Also

Included in Optional Saturday Oct 26 Afternoon Pass: Three Events

1:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.
3:00pm • Christ Chirch Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.
4:30pm • Christ Church Cathedral • 414 Sparks St.

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