Author Seeks to Combat Islamophobia, Promote Love and Tolerance with New Novel

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Noreen Mirza announces publication of ‘The Odd Muslim’

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With her debut novel, “The Odd Muslim” (published by Lulu), Noreen Mirza hopes to counter the growing Islamophobia she sees by advocating for love and tolerance, as well as encourage female empowerment. The book follows Shazia, a Muslim woman whose home is vandalized in a gated community in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The book is available for purchase at:

Following the attack on Shazia’s house, in a series of flashbacks she recounts the story of her experience attending one of New Jersey’s state colleges, to her neighbor. Through Shazia, the reader is introduced to many diverse Muslim characters and given an understanding that like all people, every Muslim has their own personality. Each character helps shape Shazia and helps her grow as a person. In return, she brings them together to accomplish a higher goal of promoting tolerance.

“At some point we all feel like an outsider,” Mirza explains. “Everyone wants to be understood and loved like the main character in the story. We all go through life being introduced to many people who we learn from and realize that everyone has their own problems and journey. The most important thing in life is to understand and love one another.”

“The Odd Muslim”
By Noreen Mirza
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 216 pages | ISBN 9781483481760
E-Book | 216 pages | ISBN 9781483481753
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Noreen Mirza was born and raised in Marlboro, New Jersey. After graduating from Rutgers University, she attended New York Law School. She is currently a lawyer residing in Alpharetta, Georgia; she has been practicing law for over seven years. “The Odd Muslim” is Mirza’s first novel.

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