Book Review: Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad
The Lebs, Dr Michael Mohammed Ahmad
When reading this compelling account of growing up Muslim in Australia and going to school at Punchbowl High School it’s important to read it through an academic lens not just at face value. Bani Adam is different, he refuses (most of the time) to conform to the misogynist and homophobic perspectives of the other young men; he is well-read, infatuated with his teacher because their eyes meet when Othello’s words come out of her mouth and befriends Bucky, a gay man.
Beyond the confronting actions of the young men, the language and their misguided beliefs, is the story of a young man who suffers from a deep sense of self-loathing because he is a Lebanese Muslim. As Michael Mohammed Ahmad states he makes no apologies for the confronting nature of the book, because for most of us reading is a safe and pleasurable activity, ‘You know what is confronting? Being a Lebanese Muslim in Australia,’ as the books states ‘Lebs are being blamed for everything.’
A powerful book that formed part of Michael Mohammed Ahmad’s PhD, a must read for all Australians. This book will allow us to begin the conversation of how we move forward as a Nation.