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

The Butterfly Mosque: A Young Woman's Journey To Love and Islam [Kindle Edition]

Willow Wilson , G. Willow Wilson
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After taking an Islamic Studies course in Boston, G. Willow Wilson quietly found herself adopting the tenets of the religion as her own. This intellectual and emotional exercise created a unique challenge; how could she reconcile a devout and conservative lifestyle with the highly secular society in which she was raised?

Taking a leap of faith, Wilson accepted a position to teach English in Cairo, where her guide to the bustling city was a student of astrophysics named Omar. Led by his passions, she discovered a young and moderate nationalist movement that promoted both tolerance and the celebration of identity. Omar's ideas and experiences reflected her own search for meaning and in the tangled thicket of their differences and their similarities, an unlikely romance blossomed. Although Wilson immersed herself in Islamic culture - learning Arabic, worshipping as a Muslim and adopting a veil - she never rejected her Western identity. Drawing together the values of both cultures, she began to move in the world as a liberal and outspoken Muslim woman, a curious mixture of East and West.

The Butterfly Mosque is a riveting personal account, an investigation into what it means to have faith in our broken society. It is a rare and important insight into the evolving relationship between the boundaries of contemporary religion and culture.

About the Author

G Willow Wilson was born in New Jersey in 1982. After graduating with a degree in History and coursework in Arabic language and literature, she moved to Cairo, where she became a contributor to the Egyptian opposition weekly Cairo Magazine until it closed in 2005. She has written for politics and culture blogs across the political spectrum, and has previously written a graphic novel, Cairo, illustrated by M. K. Perker, and a series of comics based on her own experiences, for D.C. Comics.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #141,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and though provoking read, 5 stars 28 Jan 2013
By Bibz
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G. Willow Wilson is a superb writer. After being out of the swing of reading for a few years, this book made it both easy and pleasurable to curl up and get lost in the text. The way it is written is engaging and intelligent, anyone can follow Wilson's thought process as if they are living the story themselves. There are issues which are addressed in this book which leave a lasting impression with the reader, and I personally found myself not only seeing things from the points of view of many different types of people, but also learning invaluable lessons about different societies and different cultures. I felt that I could relate to Willow' s situation of belonging to different nationalities but sometimes feeling alien amongst my people. I will continue to think about this book and would definitely recommend it to everyone, it is a fantastic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just loved this Book 17 May 2012
By Noora
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I bought this Book to read as I was interested in both Egypt and Some one converting to Islam. Have really loved reading this book and how she came into Islam.I would really recommend this book whether you are interested in Islam or not . It is not a preachy type of book it is very open .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sensitive and beautiful book..... 19 Feb 2011
This gem of a book is well worth the read. I bought it one day, as I saw it on a bookshop shelf.....and it is so sensitively written. AS a british convert to Islam, also married to an Egyptian, I really connected to the author and her beautiful description of conversion, the struggle for being understood across two continents, 2 religions, and her description of Cairo (all the more interesting given recent events) make it a stunning debut book from a young writer.
It is in part a book about religion & identity, a homage to Cairo, a gorgeous love story, and, above all, a book about being true to oneself, whatever the cost...... buy it !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally 14 Jan 2013
By Dee Dee
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Being an English woman also living jn Egypt with an Egyptian husband this book echoed familiarity to me. The author manages to explain situations, feelings & emotions I have long since given up trying to arficulate, as I could neither understand them, nor find the words to explain them. Many times I found myself with wet eyes.
This book has given me a great gift. Inner peace.
Finally I am ready to be true to myself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 11 Aug 2011
By Shan
I got this book from the library yesterday and have finished it by this morning. It is addictive and the way she explains her feelings so well. I'm in the process of reverting and I found the book a very good eye opening read to read weather your Muslim or not she makes sure she highlights both side of the argument fairly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Maryam
Beautifully written. Enjoyed reading every page!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Loved this book, was a joy to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read 8 Jun 2014
By tokyo24
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This book was great I could really imagine the streets of Egypt and the struggles living there. Would recommend to everyone
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's beautifully written and sincere
It has been long since I have read a book this engaging. It's beautifully written and sincere. I thoroughly recommend it.
Published 10 days ago by Evelina
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic.
Very well written, funny and detailed into someone's life. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
Published 19 days ago by Danial
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
A really interesting and insightful read of a newly converted muslim women. I couldn't put it down once I started.
Published 3 months ago by zoie holt
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating insight
An honest and enlightening perspective and a good counterbalance to the many misrepresentations of Islam to be found in the media.
Published 5 months ago by tracy mcnally
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Great to see the real side of Islam and the hospitality of Egyptians to a American lady. I enjoyed everything about this tale and gained a lot of insight. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D M Karpus
3.0 out of 5 stars The ending lets the book down.
It was a good book. I especially enjoyed the way she really made the effort to live the way of an Egyptian. Read more
Published 6 months ago by booboolina
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
A tantalising view into the world of everyday Islam written in a compelling style I couldn't put down. I await any sequel with impatience as I would love to know what happens next!
Published 8 months ago by Chambermaid
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem
An open account of a western woman's choice to convert to Islam and embark on an adventure living in Egypt. I am glad I bought this book and really enjoyed reading it! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Miss LEJ Keeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
It's not so much about religion and Islam as it is the joining of two cultures. Good book. Well written.
Published 13 months ago by Adil Hussain
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
A beautifully crafted book. The more I read, the more I wanted to learn about the author's journey to finding Islam and love in Egypt. Read more
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