A review on Christal Joan of Amilah a book written by Halima Hagi- Mohammad. A Somali American writer

Amilah by Halima Hagi-Mohamed: The Review

Bismillahir rahmanir raheem


I’ve read anthologies before and not enjoyed them. I didn’t know what the book was about before I was sent a copy for review and in a way I’m grateful I didn’t. I went into it not knowing what to expect and being pleasantly surprised.

The first story was like a punch in the gut and the next few were just the same! It was a brilliant insight into the lives of Somali Americans, a demographic I’ve never thought to explore before. I found so many similarities with my own culture and experiences that I really think it could be enjoyed by just about anyone.

I loved the authors use of her native tongue throughout the book as well. It gave it an even greater sense of authenticity and I learned what words meant that I’d heard so many times before meant.


When I sat down to think about which story was my favourite, I really struggled. I loved the opening story, Amilah, for it’s raw honesty. It detailed a young Muslim woman who was, seemingly, married to the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, their marriage goes sour and details the results of what led to an inevitable break up. I also loved the story Haniya a story highlighting mental illness in the Islamic Somali American community. Case No. 23 – a jinn story with a twist, was also a story I never expected to enjoy. It’s about a young man who assists in doing ruqiyah on those who have been afflicted by jinn

In all honesty, I loved each and every single one of them and was so gripped I’d often have to force myself to take breaks.

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A review on Christal Joan of Amilah a book written by Halima Hagi- Mohammad. A Somali American writer

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