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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
by G Willow Wilson
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a day., 12 Jun 2011
Once I got passed the first three chapters - She arives in Cairo in Chapter 4 -I was hooked and finished it in a day . The author comes across as an engaging and extremely likeable personality. This memoir is a very personal look at her acceptance of faith and her relationship with her Egyptian husband and his family. As such, it feels less contrived than some 'convert stories' as the focus is firmly on her emotional and personal life rather than an attempt to proselytise.

Perhaps because I enjoyed it so much, the book rather felt like only half the story: the Egyptian half of her life only. And, I hope that she writes a further memoir detailing her return to the United States and how she navigates the different facets of her identity as a white middle class American Muslim and how the dynamic between her and her husband changes in the face of a hostile society.


The Diary Of Ma Yan: The Life of a Chinese Schoolgirl
The Diary Of Ma Yan: The Life of a Chinese Schoolgirl
by Ma Yan
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.35

5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd studied harder at school!, 16 Nov 2007
This is a fascinating account of rural Chinese life untouched by the rapid modernisation of the western cities (Beijing, Shanghai). Despite extreme poverty and constant hunger, Ma Yan begs to remain at school so that she can succeed in her studies and improve her life and the life of her family.

I am sure younger readers (ages 11 to 13) aswell as adults would enjoy this book. In addition to the actual diary of the teenage school girl, the book features: an introduction detailing how the diary was published, an epilogue outlining the difference its publication made to Ma Yan's life, and interesting appendices about Education in China and Islam in China.


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