Book Review: Salaam, Love

When Love, InshAllah, edited by Ayesha Mattu and Nura Masnavi,  was initially published two years ago, I was thrilled. I may not have necessarily related to all the stories of those women but was happy to read them. And as cliche as it sounds, it was really challenging the notion that Muslimahs are a monolith. But the editors’ second anthology, Salaam, Love,  "an anthology of stories about love written from the perspectives of Muslim men," initially had me less convinced. I really wanted to dis … [Read more...]

Love in a Headscarf: A Review

Okay, I'll admit it. When I first heard the title, my immediate reaction was to roll my eyes."Not again!" I thought. "Not another book with sad kohl-rimmed eyes peeping out from under a black niqab on the cover and which talks about a poor/ downtrodden/ oppressed (add your own adjectives) Muslim woman who is beaten/ kidnapped/ stoned (ditto)."But boy, was I wrong.I heard about Love in a Headscarf: Muslim Woman Seeks the One from its author, Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, owner of the f … [Read more...]