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Jean (Rabia) Yousfi

Edited by Wahida Shaffi

in Our stories, our lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424105
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302889 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.003.0020
Jean (Rabia) Yousfi

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This chapter discusses the story of Jean Yousfi, who came from a quite poor working-class family background, a big family. Jean was 20 when she decided to get married, and it was when she became a wife that she and her husband started having the conversations about his religion. Her husband was a Muslim from Algeria. He wanted Jean to go back to live in his country, and she went through six months of depression because she did not want to go. By the summer of the first year that she was in Algeria, Jean had decided that she wanted to look more into Islam, because she was very impressed by how hospitable and kind everyone was to her. She and her husband stayed there for 10 years and had to come back in 1995 because of the circumstances in Algeria – civil war. All the time she was in Algeria, Jean was sewing clothes, day in, day out.

Keywords: Jean Yousfi; Muslim; Algeria; Islam; civil war; sewing

Chapter.  2739 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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