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Wahida Shaffi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424105

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424105.001.0001

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Jean (Rabia) Yousfi

Jean (Rabia) Yousfi

Rags to Riches

(p.139) Jean (Rabia) Yousfi
Our stories, our lives
Wahida Shaffi
Policy Press

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

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