The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf
By Mojha Kahf
(PublicAffairs, Paperback, 9780786715190, 448pp.)
Publication Date: September 2006
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Punctuated by the five Muslim prayers and set to a disco and glam-rock soundtrack, Girl in the Tangerine Scarf evokes female adolescence in the vein of Cisnero's House on Mango Street and like Allegra Goodman's Kaaterskill Falls looks at orthodox religion against an American backdrop.
Born in Damascus, Syria, Mohja Kahf came to the U.S. as a child. Kahf is an associate professor of comparative literature at Rutgers. Her first book of literary scholarship is Western Representations of the Muslim Woman: From Termagant to Odalisque (University of Texas Press, 1999). She is also the author of a book of poetry, E-mails from Sheherazad (University Press of Florida 2003). Kahf is a member of the national group RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers).