The Colour of God

Pages: 304
Subject: Biography, Religion: Islam, Gender/Feminism
Imprint: Oneworld

The Colour of God

Ayesha S. Chaudhry

What does wholeness look like in a world bent on fracturing us from within?

9781786079251 (15 Apr 2021)
RRP £16.99 / US$25.00

The Book

The Colour of God is the heartfelt story of a South Asian Muslim child raised in Canada, born to parents who embraced a puritanical version of Islam to shield them from racism. The author examines the joys and sorrows of growing up in a fundamentalist Muslim household, wedding grand historical narratives of colonialism and migration to the small intimate heartbreaks of modern life. A crisis of faith, brought on by the sudden death of a loved one, led her to re-examine the beliefs and ideals she was raised with. She invites us to reimagine our own ideas of self and family, of state and citizenship, of love and loss.

Additional Information

Subject Biography, Religion: Islam, Gender/Feminism
Pages 304
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Ayesha S. Chaudhry is a Professor of Gender and Islamic Studies at the University of British Columbia.


'The Colour of God is an engrossing read, not because it tells the story of one woman's journey from "subjugation" within a puritanical sect of Islam to finding ‘liberation' by taking off her veil, but  because it refuses and interrogates these facile labels. Chaudhry is brilliant at dissecting how fundamentalism took root in her family, and she's equally good at holding up a mirror to the culture that tends to dehumanise those who don't conform to its norms.'

- Monica Ali, author of Brick Lane and Refugee Tales

'The Colour of God meditates on the ways--illuminates the ways--identity, nation, religion, gender, and family are constituted and troubled. It's heartbreaking and, at times, really funny; the profoundly generous heart behind the questions this book asks.'

- Ross Gay, bestselling author of The Book of Delights

‘The kind of authentic voice that is rarely heard nowadays.  Her experiences of family and the patriarchal interpretations of Islam, pushed upon women of South Asian heritage, resonated with me on so many levels.'

- Saima Mir, author of The Khan