- Necla Kelek
Necla Kelek was born in Istanbul in 1957 and moved to Germany at the age of 10.
Kelek studied economics and sociology in Hamburg and and conferred a doctorate on the subject “Islam in Every Day Life.”
Her books include Die fremde Braut (The Foreign Bride) about arranged and forced marriages of Turkish migrants, which won the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis in 2005, and Die verlorenen Söhne (Lost Sons) about the socialization, violence, and the faith of Turkish-Muslim men.
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UPDATE. Now being unbanned...
Following our outcry @PENamerica, the Alpine school district in UT will *no longer* be removing 52 books outright, but "temporarily restricting" them, so that parents can opt their kids into being allowed to read them if they so choose. #FReadom /1 https://twitter.com/PENamerica/status/1554209510134525952
The Vandegrift High School #BannedBookClub is one of many teen-led efforts nationwide.
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