Post #4:Background Information

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Evelyn Peterson B8

Iran has 80 million people living in its borders, and the area covers  1.65 million sq km (636,313 sq miles). The capital city of Iran is named Tehran, and 8.694 million people live there.  The second biggest city in Iran is Mashhad, and in that city there is the Imam Reza Shrine, the Tomb Of Ferdowzi, the Mausoleum of Omar Kayyam, and Kang. The major language spoken there is Persian. Irans poverty rate for 2016 was 11.60%. 12% of the country’s land area is used for agriculture. 6.9% of the money is spend on the country’s health. Islam is the major religion. In 1794,  Mohammad Khan Qajar seizes power and founds the Qajar dynasty, and in 1941, Britain and Russia occupy Iran during Second World War. In 1980 through 1988, the Iran-Iraq war commenced. Some interesting facts i learned about Iran is that most the people believe religious figures have a role to play in government, but they can’t agree on  how big that role should be. They also have the worlds fourth largest stock of proven crude oil reserves. Iran also has one of the largest and most powerful armed forces in the Middle East.

Personal Response, Evie Peterson

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(I can’t figure out how to add the picture of the book)

I loved this book. It was very exiting and fun to learn more of another cultures lifestyle in the modern day world. I loved how in the end, everything got resolved. Khalids mom got called out, Hafsa settled down, Ayesha followed her dream, Khalid stood up to his rude boss, Khalids friend got a place to stay and Ayeshas friend proposed to her boyfriend. And of course, Ayesha an Khalid fell in love and got married. I hated how in the beginning and some parts in the middle of the novel, it took a little while to speed up and get some exiting events to happen. It made me sad when there was the misunderstanding of Khalid marrying Hafsa, when he thought he was marrying Ayesha. Ayesha asked if it was what he wanted, and he said yes, without realizing he wasn’t marrying who he wanted. It made me very angry when Khalids boss was very rude and disrespectful to him, and when his mom played him and married him to Hafsa instead of who she knew he loved. I know understand about their Rishtas and how they work, and how strict some parents can be. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good romance novel.

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I have finished Ayehsa At Last, and it is very exciting and fun to read. All of my questions have been answered, like, will Ayesha and Khalid get married? (yes) Will Hafsa finally settle down and find someone she actually likes? (yes) and Will Sheilla and Farzana get what they deserved? (A taste of their own medicine. Yes) I am mostly exited that Khalid and Ayesha got over their differences and decided that they like each other more than anything and want to spend the rest of their lives together, and that Clara and her boyfriend are finally married like she wanted. Hafsa has settled down and is married to a steady, kind wrestler coach, and Khalid is finally seeing her sister.

In the video i chose to share the scene where Tarek exposes Khalids mother about all of the bad and mean things she has done to everyone-even her own daughter. I fell like this is important because she was one of the main antagonists. My group members also shared the scenes where Khalid and Ayesha realized they had feelings for each other, which is the reason for the book, the scene where Khalid and Ayesha cooked together and also figured out that they were certain of their feelings for each other, and the part where Shelia tries to find ways to fire Khalid, but in the end he stands up for himself and gets his job back.

1 in 4 Canadians say it’s becoming ‘more acceptable’ to be prejudiced against Muslims: Ipsos poll

Apparently, many Canadians are saying that it is okay to be prejudiced against Muslims now. Ever since the year 2017, more and more people have simply just looked at a Muslim person, or have met them one time and are automatically judging them and their religion-because of the way they dress or the things they do.

From this article, i read that some, or most Muslim woman wear hijabs for religious reasons. They wear it as a submission to God, and as a reminder to hold fast to their beliefs, like being honest and generous to those in need.

Muslim Culture

Muslims believe in the God Allah, and are encouraged to pray to him five times daily. Many Muslims pray at mosques, at home, or even at work.

Book Club Response 1

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So far in the book, Ayesha at Last, we have found that Ayesha is a teacher and has worked very hard to become one, but she has been feeling like it’s not the thing she wants to do lately. Khalid is working for a company with a mean boss that judges him, and he’s always misinterpreted by others because of the way he looks.  The two of them have been getting feelings for each other but are constantly pushing the feelings down.

The author is Uzma Jalaluddin and she was born in Toronto to south Asian immigrants. I’m somewhat wondering if she wrote this book about her own life, because from what I know about the author, the book is similar to her own personal life. She is Muslim and lives in Canada in modern day time, as well as the main character Ayehsa in the book.

Here are some interesting facts about the book in this video below.

Uzma Jalaluddin a Twitter: “1/ #AyeshaAtLast Random Fact …

Even from the beginning it was obvious that Ayehsa and Khalid would have feelings for each other. They started off on the wrong foot with each other, but by now they have hung out and are gaining strong feelings for each other and both of them acknowledge that they have a crush on each other, although they seem to argue a lot. I predict that they will finally get over their differences and spill all of their feelings for one another. I think that they will date or even plan to get married. I think that Ayehsha will find out what her cousin Hafsa is really doing, and Khalid will confront his boss and she will learn to respect other people different from herself.


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