Missed us? Let’s catch up!Posted: May 24, 2018 Filed under: Editors, Your voices | Tags: AltMuslim, American Muslim women, American Muslim women writers, Antholoy, ayesha mattu, daughters, family, forgiveness, Good Girls Marry Doctors, love, Love InshAllah, mothers, Muslim love, Muslim men, Muslim women, Mutha Magazine, Nura Maznavi, Patheos, reconciliation, relationships, The Establishment, The Lily, Washington Post, writers of color, writing Comments Off on Missed us? Let’s catch up!
Catch up on “Love, InshAllah” & “Salaam, Love” writers & editors Ayesha & Nura’s latest:
Patheos/AltMuslim On Ramadan, Forgiveness, & the Shape of the Woman Beneath: Ayesha wrote a piece on this site about being disowned by her mother after the publication of her first book, here. In this follow up piece, she explores her six-year path to inner peace.
Washington Post/The Lily This Ramadan, I’m focusing on fostering tender masculinity in my son In the #MeToo era, we need to talk about how we’re raising the men of tomorrow
M Magazine Constellations of Love Surround You Your love life isn’t limited to your romantic partner
The Establishment Jane Austen And The Persistent Failure Of The White Imagination
M Magazine What Did You Say When Your Children Woke Up On November 9
Good Girls Marry Doctors anthology essay Without Shame
Never met a Muslim? Now you can meet 47Posted: March 31, 2017 Filed under: Your voices | Tags: #WeNeedDiverseBooks, American love stories, american muslims, ayesha mattu, books, Islam, love, love stories, Muslim, Muslim men, Muslim women, Nura Maznavi, relationships, sex, writing 1 Comment
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Original text: Never met a Muslim? Now you can meet 47 in our two groundbreaking anthologies acclaimed by media worldwide:
Love, InshAllah: the Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women; and
Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex, & Intimacy.
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How many racists have I slept with?Posted: November 25, 2015 Filed under: 99 Names (and Queer is One), Salaam Love Writers, Your voices | Tags: American love stories, Islamophobia, love, Love InshAllah, Muslim love, Muslim men, Muslim relationships, Muslim women, racism, refugees, relationships, Salaam Love, sex, Syria 6 Comments
For the first time since 9/11, I am afraid to leave the house.
Even when the bombs started dropping on Afghanistan and Iraq, my naive 20-something self at the time was certain I’d be safe here in the U.S. Especially here, in Southern California.
People always tell me how laid back and “West Coast” my vibe is, right down to the relaxed cadence in my speech. I was confident and comfortable in the knowledge that I was from here. Those distant wars were not about me.
Today, things feel different.
Why I StayedPosted: November 19, 2015 Filed under: Your voices | Tags: #WhyIStayed, abusive relationships, American love stories, control, dating, feminism, love, Love InshAllah, love stories, Muslim dating, Muslim love, Muslim men, Muslim relationships, Muslim women, relationships, Salaam Love 3 Comments
Before I wrote this post I had to convince myself that addressing my experience would be useful not only to me but to someone else. It took me more than a year to get over the shame. I did not talk about the things that went on in my relationship for many years even though I was (and am) surrounded by an incredibly supportive family and circles of strong and understanding feminist women. Maybe that was it… how could I, as a so-called feminist and strong woman, come forward with my story of emotional control?
I met my partner while in university; I was 18 at the time. Despite the fact that we were from different cultures, we clicked and managed to build a promising relationship. At the time, I was not Muslim, and I had been raised in a pretty liberal household. On the other hand, he had been raised as a conservative Muslim.
The cultural differences are something that people still ask me about because we were from radically different backgrounds. I would like to think that we were successful at negotiating all sorts of things. I quickly learned that pork was a no-no, and that alcohol, including baking vanilla, was something to avoid. After a few years, he became aware of the importance I placed on my language and my traditions, and he made an effort to study these cultural referents. While I was overly aware of his religion and culture from the very beginning, it took him a few years to understand that being in an inter-cultural and inter-religious relationship requires a lot of work. Part of me assumes that he expected me to be the one to compromise from the very beginning.