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The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam

ISBN: 0802118879

Title: The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam

Author: G. Willow Wilson

KDL Description:

BIOGRAPHY WILSON

This novel follows the author’s conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.

Amazon Description:

The extraordinary story of an all-American girl’s conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with a young Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world.

When G. Willow Wilson, —already an accomplished writer on modern religion and the Middle East at just twenty-seven, —leaves her atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and sends her on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future.

She settles in Cairo where she teaches English and submerges herself in a culture based on her adopted religion. And then she meets Omar, a passionate young man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland. They fall in love, entering into a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief, and tradition. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow records her intensely personal struggle to “forge a “third culture” that might accommodate her own values without compromising the friends and family on both sides of the divide.