Samina Ali

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Samina Ali
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Born Hyderabad, India
Occupation Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Ethnicity Indian
Alma mater University of Minnesota
University of Oregon
Genre Fiction
Notable work Madras on Rainy Days
Notable awards 2015 Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award

Samina Ali is an Indian-American author and activist. Samina serves as the curator of Muslim Women’s Art and Voices, an exhibition in the online International Museum of Women (IMOW), now part of Global Fund for Women,[1] and she is co-founder of American Muslim feminist organisation Daughters of Hajar.[2][3] Her debut novel was Madras on Rainy Days.[4] She is a blogger for The Huffington Post and Daily Beast.[5][6]


Ali was born in Hyderabad, India, and emigrated with her parents to America when she was six months old. She spent half of each year in India, where she attended school. She graduated Summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English. She received an M.F.A. from the University of Oregon.

Saina is married and has two children, a daughter and a son. She currently works on a second book.


In June 2004, Samina founded Daughters of Hajar, an American Muslim feminist organization. Together with four other women, she walked into the front doors of a mosque in Morgantown, West Virginia, which had forbidden women from entering the mosque through the main doors.

As of February 2015, her initiative GroundbreakHers, a multimedia platform, is intended for women sharing their personal stories.


The following is the list of books written by Samina Ali:

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2004, Samina received the Rona Jaffe Foundation 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.

In July 2014, Madras on Rainy Days was chosen as a best debut novel of the yearby 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. 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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