Book: Love, InshAllah

February 14, 2012

I thought nothing could be more appropriate for a day such as Valentine’s Day for this book to be debut.  No, i do not particulary “celebrate” this day, however, i do accept gifts if the king chooses to send them my way.  However, he is my Valentine 365 days of the year, 366 on leap year, so we show our love in more ways than flowers, candy and cards just for the sake of.

To the topic at hand, i read a little about a book that goes on sale today, particulary on this day because it touches into the love lives of muslim women.  I’m not Muslim, but i do respect some of their values and find their culture intriguing.  Nonetheless, i thought this book was very interesting considering how private the lives of Muslim women are.  It is and will definitely be a political statement and controversal, so take a peak and tell me what you think.

About the book:


Love, InshAllah ( Love, God Willing)

“Love Inshallah [goes] to a place where few, if any, books have gone before. Lesbians, co-wives, converts to Islam, Shia, Sunni, black, brown and white: every voice is unique. Collectively, they sing of strength, passion and love. One can’t help but to sit back and listen, captivated.

– Samina Ali, award winning author of Madras on Rainy Days

Romance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love and speak openly for the first time about love, relationships, sexuality, gender, identity, homophobia, and racism.

These heartfelt narratives are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox African-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend. A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. And a Southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Muslim women, even (especially!) those who have never met one. Co-editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi thought it was about time we heard directly from Muslim women themselves. You’ll be captivated by these moving, funny, provocative and surprising stories, each as individual as the writers themselves.

A beautiful collection that reminds us all not only of the diversity of the American Muslim community, but the universality of the human condition, especially when it comes to something as magical and complicated as love.

– Reza Aslan, bestselling author of No god but God “


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