The butterfly mosque

by Wilson, G. Willow, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Avalon Public Library Biographies 92 WIL
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Non Fiction 92 Wilson
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography Muslim Jour B Wil
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Northern Tier Regional Library Biography BIO WILSON
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The extraordinary story of an all-American girl's conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with a young Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world.

When G. Willow Wilson--already an accomplished writer on modern religion and the Middle East at just twenty-seven--leaves her atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and sends her on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future.

She settles in Cairo where she teaches English and submerges herself in a culture based on her adopted religion. And then she meets Omar, a passionate young man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland. They fall in love, entering into a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief, and tradition. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow records her intensely personal struggle to forge a "third culture" that might accommodate her own values without compromising the friends and family on both sides of the divide.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* After an illness forces her to face her own mortality at age 18, Wilson, the child of two atheists, finds herself in search of religion. The faith that feels right for her is Islam, but in the wake of 9/11, she has difficulties embracing it fully. It isn't until she makes the decision to move to Cairo to teach at an English-language school that she is able to immerse herself in the religion she has come to love and become a Muslim. When she falls in love with Omar, an Egyptian physics teacher, Wilson becomes increasingly open about her faith, despite the reactions she fears from her friends and family. Though adjusting to life in Egypt takes some work from learning the ins and outs of the complex marketplace to respecting societal divisions between men and women Wilson finds herself warmly embraced and welcomed by Omar's family. Wilson's illuminating memoir offers keen insights into Islamic culture, distinguishing carefully between the radical fundamentalists who hate the West and the majority of peaceful Muslims. An eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith, Wilson's memoir is bound to spark discussion.--Huntley, Kristine Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this satisfying, lyrical memoir of a potentially disastrous clash between East and West, a Boulder native and Boston University graduate found an unlikely fit living in Cairo, Egypt, and converting to Islam. Wilson embarked on a yearlong stint working at an English-language high school in Cairo right after her college graduation in 2003. She had already decided that of the three Abrahamic religions, Islam fulfilled her need for a monotheistic truth, even though her school did not include instruction in the Qur'an because "it angered students and put everybody at risk." Once in Cairo, despite being exposed to the smoldering hostility Arab men held for Americans, especially for women, she found she was moved deeply by the daily plight of the people to scratch out a living in this dusty police state tottering on the edge of "moral and financial collapse"; she and her roommate, barely eating because they did not know how to buy food, were saved by Omar, an educated, English-speaking physics teacher at the school. Through her deepening relationship with Omar, she also learned Arabic and embraced the ways Islam was woven into the daily fabric of existence, such as the rituals of Ramadan and Friday prayers at the mosque. Arguably, Wilson's decision to take up the headscarf and champion the segregated, protected status of Arab women can be viewed as odd; however, her work proves a tremendously heartfelt, healing cross-cultural fusion. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Wilson, G. Willow, -- 1982-
Muslim converts -- United States -- Biography.
Muslim women -- United States -- Biography.
Muslim women -- Egypt -- Cairo -- Biography.
Americans -- Egypt -- Cairo -- Biography.
Islam -- Biography.
Cairo (Egypt) -- Social life and customs.
Publisher New York : [Berkeley, Calif.?] :Atlantic Monthly Press ;2010
Distributed by Publishers Group West,
Language English
Notes "A young American woman's journey to love and Islam"--Jacket.
Description 304 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780802118875 (hardcover)
0802118879 (hardcover)
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