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LITCRAWL! Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women
Saturday, October 13, 2012 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Come hear provocative excerpts from this groundbreaking anthology, in which Muslim women speak candidly about their search for love.
Modern Times presents “Love, InshAllah” in conjunction with Lit Crawl.
Featuring Ayesha Mattu, Zahra Noorbakhsh, Yasmine Khan, Suzanne Syeda Shah, and Leila N. Khan.
In this groundbreaking collection, American Muslim women writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of flirting, dating, longing, and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be–from singles’ events and college flirtations to arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.
These heartfelt tales are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing. One follows the quintessential single woman in the big city as she takes a chance on a Muslim speed-dating event. Another tells of a shy student from a liberal college town who falls in love online and must reveal her secret to her conservative family. A third recounts a Southern girl who surprises herself by agreeing to an arranged marriage, unexpectedly finding the love of her life.
These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.
Ayesha Mattu is a writer whose first book, Love, InshAllah was featured by global media including The New York Times, BBC and Times of India.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a writer, actor, and comedian, whose one-woman show All Atheists Are Muslim has received widespread critical acclaim.
Yasmine Khan is a writer and photographer who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Suzanne Syeda Shah is a Muslim poet, writer, and activist. She is pursuing a career in medicine and resides in California with her husband, Mika’il.
Leila N. Khan (pen name) lives and works in Northern California.