Twenty-Five American Muslim Women Break it Down in the Name of Love

Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women
Edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi

By Amanda Mead

InshAllah, or “God Willing”, embraces the notion that it is only through the will of God that the individual attains what they seek in life.  Health, prosperity, and love, as exhibited by twenty-five American Muslim women in Love, InshAllah, a collection of essays compiled by first time editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi.  Mattu and Maznavi begin by stating that “this book is not a theological treatise or a dating manual. It is a reflection of reality,” articulating their choice to publish work authored by an active, yet highly disregarded, cultural and ethnic minority.  Although the premise of the collection does not lie in representing each and every American Muslim woman or issue of female politics, Mattu and Manzani offer Love, Inshallah as a way to begin a conversation that may otherwise not be had. Continue reading