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

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

G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

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“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.

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