Ayesha Chaudhry, explores what it means to be a South Asian Muslim woman in a world that demands something different from each of her identities.
Raised in Canada, by parents who embraced a puritanical view of Islam to shield them from racism, Ayesha weaves together wider historical narratives of colonialism and migration with the smaller intimate heartbreaks of everyday life.  

At the age of twenty-three, Ayesha removed her face veil to begin her doctoral studies in New York City.  

The sudden death of a beloved nephew, triggered Ayesha’s crisis of faith and re-examination of the beliefs and ideals she was raised with. Her journey invites us to reimagine our own ideas of self and family, state and citizenship, love and loss.  

 A profound and unflinching debut, the Colour of God introduces a vibrant new voice in the debate about womanhood, belonging and Islam.

Ayesha Chaudhry, Professor of Gender and Islamic Studies at the University of British Colombia

The Colour of God by Ayesha Chaudhry is published by Oneworld on 1 April 2021.