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Welcome to Islam: A Convert's Tale [Paperback]

Lucy Bushill-Matthews
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Book Description

25 July 2008
Written by a Muslim convert and mother of three, Welcome to Islam captures the occasionally poignant but often humorous reality of beinga Muslim in the current climate: as a convert, a working woman, amother, and as an active member of the local community. Discoverwhat its really like living life as a Muslim: praying the ritualprayers at work in an office when your boss walks in; going on Hajjwith hundreds of Saudi women dressed from head to toe in black; orexplaining to your six-year-old daughter, who is looking at thepictures in the newspaper, that the bearded Asian Muslim who is beingarrested for terrorism isnt in fact the family friend we all know andlove - just someone who looks extremely similar. It is rare topick up a newspaper or watch the television without encountering a'Muslim issue at least once. Lucy Bushill-Matthews story brings thefaith behind the headlines refreshingly to life.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury 3PL (25 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847062164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847062161
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lucy Bushill-Matthews has been a Muslim for 16 years and is now married with 3 children under the age of 10. She has run a Muslim madrasah for many years, spoken about Islam with children at primary and secondary schools and those visiting the local mosque, and trained teachers, police and other groups of adults about understanding Islam and Muslims. For the last two years, Lucy has written a monthly light-hearted column about being a Muslim mum in the British Muslim magazine Emel.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing read - unputdownable! 2 Sep 2008
I could not put this book down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lucy's light-hearted account of her experience of being a Muslim. There were times when I laughed and other times I felt sorrow but overall her narrative allowed me to share her journey with her. It was so refreshing to finally read a book about a Muslim and Islam without references to the negative stereotypes one often reads about or sees in the media. I truly hope that is the first of many books from this new author as this book leaves us with a sense that she has now embarked upon the next chapter of her journey with an adventure in South Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the Sarcastic Humour! 18 May 2010
By Mrs AA
When I bought this book I was expecting a very heavy story about one womens conversion to Islam.
Instead I found a very light entertaining story of all the daily activities a women went through in her journey. I was really proud of her strength and determination in her story and amazed at all the things she had achieved. I actually found it quite inspiring.
I would recommend it to all muslims as something to relate to and to all non-muslims to get an insight into muslims (and to see we aren't your typical sterotype!)

I wish I could give it four and a half stars as it's nearly perfect only it felt like more of a narration rather than a story but I did really enjoy it and her writing style is great!

Buy it, read it!

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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 28 Sep 2008
By Dan
Welcome to Islam is an excellent, timely book, written with a warmth and honesty that you are unlikely to find elsewhere. In it, Lucy Bushill-Matthews takes the reader on a unique journey through her life as a Muslim - from her first tentative steps as a new convert, through to the present day.

By drawing on a wide range of life experiences, ranging from the downright depressing to the immensely funny, Lucy Bushill-Matthews certainly manages to hold and sustain the reader's attention! But its greatest strength lies in the author's ability to illuminate Islamic principles through the use of her deeply personal life story.

The book will therefore appeal to Muslims and non-Muslims alike, and will benefit anyone who takes the time to read it. This won't take long though, since the book is addictive - and very, very hard to put down.

Extremely highly recommended - 5*.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 13 Jun 2013
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As a British Revert, I could relate to much of it and enjoyed reading it. It does not offer much information into understanding Islam but is simply a book on the writers experience. It was an enjoyable read and my friends also enjoyed reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I love lucy! 22 Jan 2013
What an unusual book this is. Lucy's brisk, no-nonsense, practical guide to her adopted religion combined with her droll writing style provides a modest and reverent look at a subject which is often in the news.

Page 124 notwithstanding, I think it's fair to say that the Church of England's loss is most definitely Islam's gain.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 5 May 2012
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Lucy's well written account of her reversion to Islam is interesting. Her account of her journey to becoming a Muslim keeps the reader reading. Couldn't put this book down. An excellent 'must read' especially if you have little knowledge of Islam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and fascinating perspective. 17 May 2009
Welcome to Islam offers a fresh and fascinating personal perspective on Islam by someone who embraces her religion without losing the best parts of her culture. We see Islam as it appears to many Westerners, laugh at the sterotypes and welcome the sheer normality of the author. Many of us can identify with her struggles with working and looking after 3 small children. She proves one can be a true Muslim woman and have a Cambridge education, work, be a good wife, mother and confident educator. Such role models are vital in today's times to show the world what the practice of Islam should be like and help to banish the terrorist cliches. A very readable book.
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