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Samina Ali is an American author and activist. Samina serves as the curator of Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art and Voices, a global, virtual exhibition for the International Museum of Women (IMOW), now part of Global Fund for Women.[1] She is the co-founder of American Muslim feminist organization Daughters of Hajar.[2][3] Her debut novel, Madras on Rainy Days, was awarded the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger award from France and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award.[4] She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and Daily Beast.[5][6]

Samina Ali
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BornHyderabad, India
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
University of Oregon
Notable workMadras on Rainy Days
Notable awards2015 Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award



Samina Ali wrote Madras on Rainy Days, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004, ISBN 9780374195625

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2004, Samina received the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award in fiction.[7] One year later, Madras on Rainy Days was awarded the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger award in 2005,[8] and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in fiction.[citation needed]

In July 2004, Madras on Rainy Days was chosen as a best debut novel of the year by Poets & Writers magazine. The magazine featured Samina on the cover in July/August 2004 issue.[9]


  1. ^ "International Museum of Women merged with Global Fund for Women in March 2014". IMOW. Archived from the original on 12 March 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. ^ Awad, Amal (18 December 2014). "Samina Ali: a woman's warrior". Aquila-Style. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Muslim women make some noise". The Economist. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  4. ^ Ali, Samina (27 May 2011). "Samina Ali: Liane Hansen: The Truth As We Speak It". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Samina Ali". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  6. ^ "TDB - Samina Ali". Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Rona Jaffe Foundation Celebrates Ten Years of Honoring Women Writers". PW. 5 October 2004. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Prix du Premier Roman Etranger". Prix-Litteraires. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  9. ^ "PW July/August 2004". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 28 February 2015.

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