Friday Love – from Germany

‘Succulture’ (Germany) chose ‘Love InshAllah’ as its first foreign-language book review!

“When walking through these stories, we forget about politics. We forget the stereotypes the media present to us but we get the key to common understanding. And as we go from room to room we learn to see the women of Islam are not to be generalized but are nevertheless connected by their love for Allah, for life, and for love itself.”

The rest of the review is available here.


Friday tweet love

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Friday love – review of the week

Brother Sulaimon, currently in prison in Angola, Louisiana, passed along his review of Love, InshAllah: “you know I finished it in less than a week. I could’ve finished it in one day if I chose to–just shut down on everyone and everything around me–but, I chose to marinate in it for awhile. Bottom line: I totally, truly, sincerely, spirit-liftingly, on a serious emotionally needed review level, not only enjoyed it, but OVERjoyed it too! Tell those sisters THANK YOU! It touched sides of me that I forgot existed, for real.”


Raising our voices

Love InshAllah on Al-Hurra TV!

The global press continues to be intrigued by Muslim women openly and honestly raising their voices to share their stories:

Journalist Meeta Kaur wrote a wonderful review in Hyphen Magazine (& will be moderating a Love InshAllah panel discussion tonight in Milpitas!):

Sometimes a book can weave its way into your consciousness so deeply that the characters and stories merge with you, mirroring back buried pieces of you, and expand your thinking in unimaginable ways. Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, edited by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, is one such book.

Al-Hurra TV (based in Dubai) ran a lively Arabic video feature on the book and our reading at LA’s Book Soup. Orange County’s The Daily Pilot writer Mona Shadi wrote a feature too.

There were also a number of features on our amazing contributors:

Deonna Kelli Sayed (‘Even Muslim girls get the blues’) had a fascinating interview with NPR on her Love InshAllah story + her book Paranormal Obsession.

Leila Khan (‘Rerouting’) was interviewed by KPFA’s awesome APEX Express, which highlights Asian & Pacific Islander perspectives. Her insights begin at the 36-minute mark, here.

Community organizer and contributing writer Tanzila ‘Taz’ Ahmed (‘Punk drunk love’) was selected as Asian Pacific Americans for Progress (APAP) 2011 Unsung Hero. Taz gives us ways to ‘pay it forward‘ at her blog.

For those of you in Boston, our contributor Zahra Noorbaksh (‘The Birds, the bees – and my hole”) will be performing her hilarious one-woman show ‘All Atheists are Muslim’ at Boston University tomorrow night!

Filmmaker and contributor Nijla Mumin’s new film Two Bodies was featured in two recent film festivals. You can catch the trailer, here.

And, finally, Our Other Sisters interviewed Zahra, and Where the Girls Go featured contributor Najva Sol (‘The first time’).


Valentine’s Day media roundup!

Love InshAllah editors in studio for a chat with NPR's The Takeaway

Wow – what an incredible couple of days!

Feeling the love from Boston & NYC and media outlets all over the nation!

Since last week, Love InshAllah has been featured in the Huffington Post (twice!), Washington PostChristian Science Monitor, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Herald (including their Valentine’s Day gift guide), Times of IndiaDC’s Metro Express, and Travel + Leisure.

Editors Ayesha & Nura have also been busy on the radio talk show circuit with a segment on NPR’s The Takeaway, a full-hour on the NPR show Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders, a podcast with the Center for American Progress, and a webcast with the South Asian Journalists Association.

Love InshAllah was selected as Divanee Magazine’s February book of the month, featured in The Book Doctors blog, and received a glowing review from book blogger Amy McKie,

Contributor Asiila Imani’s piece was excerpted on Inside Islam, a program of Wisconsin Public Radio. And, editors Ayesha & Nura, also penned a couple of pieces for both Altmuslimah and cnn.com’s belief blog.


“Powerful and relevant” stories

Muslimah Media Watch reviews Love InshAllah: “For some writers, Love InshAllah is about reconciling their American Muslim identity with the complex socio-cultural mores surrounding romantic relationships. For others, however, the book is about strengthening their relationship to the Almighty.  What most readers will ultimately agree on is that all the stories contained in this collection are of hope.  Of possibilities, that despite their complex personal life stories, ethnic backgrounds and their respective Muslim denominations, love happens, and apparently, always under the watchful eye of God.”

Read the full review here.


Stories that “transcend stereotypical conceptions”

Arts, culture and politics journal The Brooklyn Rail reviews Love, InshAllah: “…the stories transcend stereotypical conceptions with humor and heartbreak; which is to say, with humanity. Whether introducing Catholic beaus to immigrant parents or cyber-eloping as an Islam-convert in a post-9/11 America, the collection does not unveil repressed, obedient girls, but willful women whose search for love is at once complex and joyful.” Read more, here.