Love, InshAllah The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

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  • Edition: Original
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  • Copyright: 2/17/2012
  • Publisher: Soft Skull Press
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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 befrom 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.

Author Biography

Ayesha Mattu is a writer and international development consultant. Nura Maznavi is a civil rights attorney and writer.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Allahu Alirn: In Search of the Belovedp. 1
Leap of Faithp. 3
Love in the Time of Biohazardsp. 10
A Prayer Answeredp. 18
Love at Third Sightp. 28
Wild Windp. 39
The Openingp. 46
Punk-Drunk Lovep. 58
Alif: Where It All Beginsp. 75
The Birds, the Bees, and My Holep. 77
Sex by Any Other Namep. 87
Otherwise Engagedp. 97
The First Timep. 112
The Hybrid Dancep. 118
International Habibti: Love Overseasp. 129
Love in the Andesp. 131
Last Night on the Islandp. 145
Even Muslim Girls Get the Bluesp. 152
Reroutingp. 162
So I Married a Farangip. 179
Third Time's the Naseeb: Loving After Lossp. 189
Threep. 191
A Journey of Two Heartsp. 204
From Shalom to Salaamp. 217
You've Got Ayat: Finding Love Onlinep. 231
Cyberlovep. 233
Kala Lovep. 249
Brain Meets Heartp. 258
A Cairene Kind of Lovep. 267
It Will Be Beautifulp. 278
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