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Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices (2020) — Col·laborador — 230 exemplars


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These two editors have pulled together essays by Muslim American women about their love lives, although it is about much more than that. Don't be put off by the subtitle, The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women. It is about much more than that, and the contributors are serious authors. A broad range of attitudes and ways of practicing Islam are found here, from conservative to progressive and everything in between. That is what makes this book so heartening. (This is my perspective as a non-Muslim.) Multiple "races" and ethnic backgrounds are included e.g. Pakistani, Indian, African, and others. The issues addressed are finding mates, whether arranged or not. A good understanding is shown regarding abilities to refuse arranged partners and the greater family participation that is common in many cultures, but unseen by those of us unfamiliar with the process. A broad range of success/failure is also shown in these stories. There is quite a bit of info about divorced Muslim women which I found interesting and helpful. One of the most interesting sections to me was the one about couples who meet online. It is an interesting topic to address regarding how the relationships develop with the focus taken off of the physical. I did get a little tired initially as it seemed I was only going to hear a bunch of little love stories, but things deepened as the book progressed and I was glad I stayed with it. Another one of those stories where we can see how much more alike we all are than we are different. Four stars.… (més)
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mkboylan | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Jan 15, 2014 |
I just have to say, it's nice to read real stories, of all types. Nice to feel a little romantic "zing" from reading stories I can relate to as well.
Honeysucklepie | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Aug 21, 2013 |
This was quite a diverse collection! Some of these stories really touched me, others left me lukewarm, and others to be honest made me recoil a bit. Let's just say that I identify more with the punk than with the polygamist :) But overall I'm glad I read this, and to know that there are others like me out there (as well as others who are nothing like me :)).
purplehena | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Mar 31, 2013 |
Very diverse depiction of Muslim women, which I appreciated. Brings up some "taboo" topics like homosexuality and premarital sex -- things that need to be discussed more within the Muslim community instead of ignored.
mariamsultana | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Aug 7, 2012 |

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