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Yes, I'm Hot in This: The Hilarious Truth about Life in a Hijab (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Can Be Arranged: A Muslim Love Story (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Huda F Are You? (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Huda F Cares (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Huda Fahmy is a humor and comedy, graphic novel, and comic book author from Texas. The author was born in Detroit, Michigan, and then majored in English at the University of Michigan.

She would then teach English to high school and middle school students for nearly a decade before she began writing about her experiences as a Muslim woman wearing a hijab in the United States.

Huda was encouraged to write about her experiences by her sisters who had always been huge fans of her stories. Huda and Gehad her husband now make their home in the Texan city of Houston.

By the time Huda Fahmy was five years old, she was certain of two things: As a Muslim in the US, she was always going to be a victim of bullying, and she would be an author as a grown-up.

She was so certain that she was going to publish stories that would make people laugh. Fahmy loved making people laugh since she believed laughter could help her escape the struggles of the real world.
Fahmy was drawn to comic strips as she loved how illustrators could make people laugh in just several panels rather than pages, which she found to be compelling.

However, her parents hated her dream and told her to pursue something more meaningful such as becoming a lawyer while writing on the side. She doodled through school as she kept writing poems and short stories and was in charge of drawing all the comics for her middle school paper.

Fahmy majored in English and penned her final thesis on Bill Watterson who was her favorite comic since she loved reading his work “Calvin and Hobbes.” Even though she ended up going to law school, she soon dropped out and ended up teaching English in high and middle school.

It was not until Huda Fahmy was 26 and married that she purchased her first instructional book on how to draw comics. The only problem was that she did not know what to write or draw about and it would take about half a decade to get the answer, which had been in front of her all along.

For most of her life, she had been bullied for being Muslim since too many people had the platforms and opportunities to spew their hatred, fear, and ignorance toward Muslims. Ever since she was a kid, she was silenced and mocked until she had enough.

When she finally realized who she was, what she had to do, and had the means, she started writing. Everything began as a blog but ultimately she got a lot of encouragement from her sister and was inspired by comic strips to write what would become her first webcomic series.
Making the jump from writing to becoming a graphic novelist was an obvious step. She had published two adult humor books and people kept asking when she would write something for younger readers.
Since she grew up Muslim in the US, the question of what to write was all figured out and hence it was not so hard to pen “Huda F Are You?”

As for how she got interested in graphic novels, Huda Fahmy has said that she always loved Sunday comics ever since she was little. It was through comics that she learned English as she loved the humor in them and could not learn any other way given that her father and mother spoke Arabic at home, even though they could speak English.

It was in 2017 that she began drawing her first comic in response to the many anti-Muslim comments that Donald Trump was making. While it had been something that happened her entire life, it seemed more in your face due to the social media effect. This spurred her to tell her story through webcomic format.

“Huda F Are You?” is a semiautobiographical comic that is all about carving out an identity and growing up. Huda Fahmy the author is an Egyptian American Muslim who was a teen when she transferred to a Dearborn, Michigan high school.
She found herself going from being the only hijab-wearing student to just another scarf wearer among hundreds. Since she now blends in, she feels that she has lost her personality, and looking to find one, she tries out several scarf-wearing cliques around the school.

She joins the fashionable hijabonistas, the games, and the athletes. As she figures out her identity, she has to deal with fitting into the new Muslim community, even as she finds herself in an Islamophobic teacher’s class who is known for giving Muslims bad grades.

While many of her experiences are specific to Mulsim teens, her attempts to adjust her interests and personality are universal and just about anyone can relate to them.
Fahmy makes use of stick-like spare figures to illustrate her story which while simple, is brimming with warmth and emotion.

Huda Fahmy’s graphic novel “That Can Be Arranged” is a funny and frank story of how to find a husband while being a devout Muslim in the United States.

Suitors, chaperones, and arranged marriages are not only for Jane Austen’s novels. Instead, they are something the main character in this work has to deal with. Fahmy tells the witty and comic story of how she got to meet and marry her husband.
Navigating gossipping aunties, mismatched suitors, and societal expectations expected of Muslim women, it is a novel that showcases what it is like to find a husband in the twenty-first century as an observant Muslim woman.
It offers a deep and perceptive look into the often intricate but ultimately rewarding balance of tradition and independent choice. It is an insightful and humourful story that will have laughing out loud, even as it at times makes you sit back and think about the points she is making.

Huda Fahmy’s novel “Yes, I’m Hot in This” asserts the truism that at one point or another, we have felt a little out of place. The same can be said of Huda who has often found it impossible to fade into a crowd when hearing her hijab.
In this work, the author showcases how rocky life can be from her perspective as a Muslim American woman as she breaks down misconceptions about her culture. She recounts how she often gets questions about her scarf every day, explains how she deals with misconceptions about Muslims, and how she runs in an abaya.

At times rather dejecting and quite humorous, it is an insightful account of the range of encounters Muslim women have to deal with due to the attire they prefer to wear for their religious beliefs.

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