By Ayesha Matta and Nura Maznavi
WeNews guest authors
Sunday, February 26, 2012
It's about lifting the veil and giving an uncensored look at love, sex and dating, Ayesha Matta and Nura Maznavi, write in this excerpt from the introduction to their new book, 'Love InshAllah.'
We start with "Allahu Alim." Every important journey ends by profoundly changing the one who undertook it. These writers set out on a path to find something greater than themselves. The writers in "Alif" narrate the firsts that shaped their ideas about romance, sex and their sense of self.
In "International Habibti," women live out the fantasy of falling in love with a beautiful stranger while traveling in Argentina, Sri Lanka, France, Egypt--or rounding an unexpected corner in New York City.
Next comes "Third Time's the Naseeb," where three women find unexpected and lasting love the third time around. We end with "You've Got Ayat," in which age-old rites of love, dating, and courtship collide with 21st century social networking.
These 25 writers live in small towns and big cities across the country and reflect a broad range of religious perspectives, from orthodox to cultural to secular. As such, they reflect the depth, breadth, and diversity of the American experience. For every story included in this book, there are thousands more out there, each as unique as the woman behind it.
We hope you'll enjoy hearing from these women as much as we have.
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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 American Society for Muslim Advancement in 2009. She lives in San Francisco. Nura Maznavi is a civil rights attorney and writer. Nura was raised in Los Angeles and now lives in San Francisco.
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