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Jameela Green Ruins Everything

A book by Zarqa Nawaz.

Zarqa Nawaz

Jameela Green has only one wish. To see her memoir on The New York Times bestseller list. When her dream doesn't come true, she seeks spiritual guidance at her local mosque. New imam and recent immigrant Ibrahim Sultan is appalled by Jameela's shallowness, but agrees to assist her on one condition: that she perform a good deed.

Jameela reluctantly accepts his terms, kicking off a chain of absurd and unfortunate events. The homeless man they try to help gets recruited by a terrorist group, causing federal authorities to become suspicious of Ibrahim, and suddenly the imam mysteriously disappears.

Certain that the CIA have captured Ibrahim for interrogation via torture, Jameela decides to set off on a one-woman operation to rescue him. Her quixotic quest soon finds her entangled in an international plan targeting the egomaniacal leader of the terrorist organization — a scheme that puts Jameela, and countless others, including her hapless husband and clever but disapproving daughter, at risk.

A hilarious black comedy about the price of success, and a biting look at what has gone wrong with American foreign policy in the Middle East, Jameela Green Ruins Everything is a compulsively readable, yet unexpectedly touching story of one woman's search for meaning and connection. (From Simon & Schuster)

Zarqa Nawaz is a film and TV producer, writer and former broadcaster based in Regina. She is best known for being the creator of the hit CBC comedy series Little Mosque on the Prairie. She is also the author of the memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Nawaz is also working on a new CBC TV series called Zarqa, which is set to premiere in fall 2022.

Interviews with Zarqa Nawaz

She's the creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie, and now Zarqa Nawaz is starting production on a new sitcom — but this time she's the showrunner and lead actor. It's even called ZARQA. Host Shauna Powers checks in.

Little Mosque on the Prairie creator Zarqa Nawaz is returning to the airwaves with her new show, ZARQA

7 months ago
Duration 2:45
Zarqa Nawaz, creator of Little Mosque on the Prairie is filming a new comedy series in Regina

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