The Glory Garage

Growing up Lebanese Muslim in Australia

Nadia Jamal and Taghred Chandab
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A collection of true stories that present a fascinating insight into a culture that remains mysterious to many non-Lebanese Muslims. Warm, provocative, funny and poignant, these tales of family and community life, contradictions and customs, are a vivid insight into an exotic and vibrant culture.

We call the obsession with collecting household items for married life the glory garage syndrome. We're talking serious shopping here and it affects many Lebanese girls long before an engagement ring is on their finger.

A generation ago, our parents migrated to Australia as young men and women, leaving their families behind in Lebanon. They worked hard in factories and shops and taxis in their new country. We were born here and consider ourselves Australian, but we don't want to deny our Lebanese heritage. At times we feel like we live in two worlds. We are torn between two cultures, when we want to be both.

In these fascinating and candid real-life stories, journalists Nadia Jamal and Taghred Chandab reveal the dilemmas of young people trying to be true to the values of their parents and also be true to themselves.

Author bio:

Nadia Jamal has been a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald since 1997, and is currently Deputy Chief of Staff. She has worked on the World desk, helping to coordinate coverage of major events including the war in Iraq, and editing the daily pages. She has also been the Herald's Night Chief of Staff and education and urban affairs writer. Nadia is studying law and has participated in the Edward R. Murrow program for journalists, organised by the US State Department.

Taghred Chandab was a producer of 2UE's Steve Price show and more recently a freelance producer at the ABC. She now works as a journalist for the Sun Herald newspaper in Sydney.

Category: Young adult non-fiction
ISBN: 9781741146493
Awards: Short-listed NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize 2006 AU; Runner-up CBCA Book of the Year, Eve Pownell Award for Information Books, 2006 2006 AU
Table Of Contents: Introduction

The Glory Garage


Keeping it in the Family

The Teenage Bride

Divorcing the Community

You'll Die a Virgin

Brotherly Love

From Fast to Feast

My Dad

My Mum

Keeping my head above Water

Soft Targets

Lebanese = Rapist = Terrorist

Embracing the hijab

Destiny on the Internet

Call to Prayer

The Marriage Ceremony

Women Only

What's in a Name?

The Road to Conversion

From Sydney to Mecca

Publisher: A&U Children's
Imprint: A & U Children
Pub Date: July 2005
Page Extent: 192
Format: Paperback - B format
Age: 13 - 18
Subject: Young adult non-fiction

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