#WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

The #WeNeedDiverseBooks hashtag has been trending on Twitter for three days now and just went viral, pointing to a much-needed conversation. We're so proud of www.patheos.com/blogs/loveinshallah contributor Aisha Saeed for spearheading the campaign with a team of other folks, including publishers, agents, bookstores, & writers. Join the movement!Recently, there’s been a groundswell of discontent over the lack of diversity in children’s literature. The issue is being picked up by news … [Read more...]

Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie

Love, Inshallah presents an author interview podcast with The Faith Club author, Ranya Tabari Idliby, as she discusses her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie: Being Muslim in America.Deonna Kelli Sayed (DKS): This is Deonna Kelli Sayed for www.patheos.com/blogs/loveinshallah. Ranya Tabari Idliby is an American-Muslim writer. You’ve probably heard of her first book, the celebrated The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew: Three Women Search for Understanding, which featured an interfaith … [Read more...]

Painted Hands With Jennifer Zobair

Loveinshallah asked Jennifer Zobair, author of Painted Hands, to share insights on her novel, the writing process, and the dynamics of Muslim fiction in contemporary society. Click here to listen to audio of the author reading a passage from the book.How would you describe Painted Hands to a reader in fifty words or less?Painted Hands is about successful Muslim women in Boston. Zainab is a sharp-tongued campaign strategist with a penchant for generating controversy. Amra is an ambitious … [Read more...]

The False Phoenix

Love, Inshallah's fiction debut!The False PhoenixNot a drop of rain had fallen in six weeks. Then one August afternoon, Zeenat watched from her window as day turned to night in under a minute, pregnant charcoal clouds overpowered the sun, and the sky roared as rain started to pour.Zeenat had a tingling sensation in her fingertips, as a strange half smile teased her lips. She watched the sheets of rain appear and disappear like magical clothes swaying on a clothesline, their visibility … [Read more...]

Something Borrowed, Something Hot Pink

The first Muslim wedding I attended was my own.When I was twenty-seven and working in New York City, I connected with a fellow Georgetown Law grad. He had a first name I’d never heard before, a Mustang I hated, and an apartment near the Long Island Sound where he took me the first time I visited. Standing in front of the salty sea, I was filled with the overwhelming conviction that I wanted to stay.When we got engaged, I broke the news to my friends and family in ways intended to d … [Read more...]

The Poetry of Motherhood: Waiting to Unfold

Love, Inshallah reviews a beautiful collection of  poetry from poet, mother and rabbi, Rachel Barenblat. In her fourth poetry collection, Waiting To Unfold (April 2013, Phoenicia Publishing), Rabbi Barenblat documents her pregnancy and the first year of her son's life through her powerful voice, unfurling the jubilations and challenges of motherhood.A perfect Mother's Day gift - purchase your copy, here!Love, Inshallah (LA): You are a writer, a poet, and a Velveteen Rabbi. Tell us a l … [Read more...]

Lustrous Companions

(They will be) on couches inlaidReclining on them, facing each otherRound about them (serving), eternal boysWith goblets, beakers, and cups (filled) fromclear-flowing fountainsNo after-ache will they receive therefrom,nor will they suffer intoxicationAnd with fruits that they may selectAnd the meat of fowls, any that they may desireAnd Companions with beautiful,big, and lustrous eyes,Like unto pearls, well-guarded.-Quran: Al-Waqiah, 15-23 * … [Read more...]

Friday Love – “Alif the Unseen”

One of the most wonderful and talented women we know, American Muslim author G. Willow Wilson's fantastic novel 'Alif the Unseen' has been selected by The New York Times as one of the 100 notable books of 2012! If you haven't read it yet, please get it today - it ranks up there with our favorite books of ALL time.'Alif the Unseen' also made the Washington Post Top 50 Books of 2012 list and the Booklist Top 10 Debut Novels of 2012 list, and has been shortlisted for the 2012 … [Read more...]