Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women [NOOK Book]

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In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be—from singles' events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in ...
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Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

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Overview


In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be—from singles' events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life.

These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
American Muslim women give first-person accounts of the challenges and joys of falling in love in this well-meaning but uninspired collection of essays. Punk rocker Tanzila Ahmed finds herself entranced by a bad boy musician with a "six-month itch;" Leila Khan's mother prepares dinner for her and her Italian suitor, but in protest of her daughter's relationship with a non-Muslim refuses to remain in the house during his visit; and Yasmine begins a long-distance relationship with a Muslim man who is divorced and has a 6-year old. In the opening essay, "Leap of Faith," Aisha ultimately chooses an arranged marriage despite her initial reluctance, a predicament also explored, albeit in a more complicated and nuanced way, by Mira Nair's film Monsoon Wedding. The stories here have a lot in common with each other-strict parents and internal guilt make appearances in many of the essays, rendering this volume insufficiently distinct and less well written than other first-generation immigrant writing by women. In addition, the prose is often clunky and full of truisms-lines like "I finally felt like a woman" and "I had finally married the man of my destiny" are not out of place here. Good intentions coupled with poor execution make this an admirable, but ultimately disappointing collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593764739
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 176,131
  • File size: 440 KB

Meet the Author


Ayesha Mattu is a human rights consultant, photographer, and writer. She was selected a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow by the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the ASMA Society in 2009. She lives in San Francisco.

Nura Maznavi is a civil rights attorney and writer. She was raised in Los Angeles and now lives in San Francisco.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Must read!

    Not a typical short-storyl! I appreciated the honesty of these American women, and am looking forward to more works by the authors. Warning: not everything in this book is by the book "islamic," but the book does give a rather true portrayal of women living in the US. Yes, there are some controversial issues addressed in the book, but the overall message is one of unity and love.

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  • Anonymous

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    We need more

    stories like this

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  • Posted August 28, 2012

    well written

    I enjoyed all the stories. The cover is much more suggestive than the content of the book - there is no crazy sex talk or erotica just stories of love, sacrifice & compassion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Entertaining enough

    Interesting stories but not particularly well written. Some of them were pretty raunchy considering the title of the book.

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