Samra Habib is a writer, photographer, and activist. As a journalist she's covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, and Advocate, her portraits have been exhibited at the V&A in London and her photo project, 'Just Me and Allah', has been featured in Nylon, i-D, Vanity Fair Italia, Vice, and Washington Post. She works with LGBTQ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is her first book.
To say I count, I exist, is revolutionary when you are denied complication. Habib has written the book she wished she had when she was young. It is a book we should all have had long ago - Mona Eltahawy, author of Headscarves and HymensA beautiful telling of a life, of love, of the reclamation of power, of feeling truly seen, and of finding your way home. An exquisite, powerful, and urgent book - Stacey May Fowles, author of InfidelityI fell in love with this book . . . In prose as economical, crisp, clear, and truthful as poetry, Samra Habib offers a map of how we might learn to see and treasure one another and ourselves - Shani Mootoo, author of Cereus Blooms at NightHabib speaks for a community that has often been muted, but writes with a voice and style that is all her own - Rachel Giese, author of BoysA fiercely intelligent memoir - NB Magazine