'It's a convincing narrative of how one woman could arrive at this particular and terrible decision, it's also a discussion worth having, and not just around Islamic extremism. Ziervogel gets more and more interesting as a writer. I can't wait to see what she tackles next.'
'As a German, if writing Magda was brave, then her new novel, Kauthar, the story of a white British girl who converts to Islam, shows even greater courage and daring in taking on a taboo subject.'
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'This is without doubt another stunning, thought-provoking novella from Meike Ziervogel. Like those she publishes, the stories she writes tackle subjects that others might shy away from; they may be short but are deep and satisfying - it doesn't feel an extra page or dozen would add anything.'
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'There is nothing else like it. The word ‘unique’ is tossed about, given to everything so that it looses its meaning; in Kauthar it has a worthy cause... a very different book about identity that outclasses many others.'
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'Kauthar is a beautiful book, Ziervogel writes as though each word were a deep consideration.. a beautiful look at the bright and dark side of religion and what we will do for love.'
Alice Farrant, WE LOVE THIS BOOK
'With characteristic power and acuity, Ziervogel encourages us to shed our preconceptions and view the world through the eyes of another, who may not be as wildly different from us as we first thought...Uniquely qualified to write this tale of a woman’s conversion to Islam, Ziervogel is able to write and speak Arabic and holds an MA in Arabic Literature. ’
Jennifer Acton, FOR BOOKS' SAKE
'[T]he fact that Ziervogel manages to tease out so many complexities over such a short novel says much about the piercing clarity of her writing. While displaying a rare talent for brevity, she also makes important space for listening to challenging perspectives and worldviews that are not often heard in mainstream debates, and arguably need to be.'
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