We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib

We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib


Triumphant and uplifting – a queer Muslim memoir about forgiveness and freedom.


A memoir of hope, faith and love, Samra Habib’s story starts with growing up as part of a threatened minority sect in Pakistan, and follows her arrival in Canada as a refugee, before escaping an arranged marriage at sixteen. When she realized she was queer, it was yet another way she felt like an outsider. 

So begins a journey that takes her to the far reaches of the globe to uncover a truth that was within her all along. It shows how Muslims can embrace queer sexuality, and families can embrace change. A triumphant story of forgiveness and freedom, We Have Always Been Here is a rallying cry for anyone who has ever felt alone and a testament to the power of fearlessly inhabiting one’s truest self.



‘Revolutionary’ - Mona Eltahawy


‘Exquisite, powerful and urgent’ - Stacey May Fowles 


‘I fell in love with this book’ - Shani Mootoo

  • Details

    Imprint: RiverRun

    Publication Date: 5 September 2019

    ISBN: 9781529404852

    Type: Paperback

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