Cue me, a little vegetarian hijabi entering his life.We somehow dated for two years, but the first time I had Christmas dinner with his family, his father asked me what I thought about Hamas.I wasn’t allowed to reenact my silly romantic comedy fantasies, but somehow I would still be married? How was I supposed to find my one true love if I was supposed to avoid interaction with boys?
Is he considering you in any way without you having to ask or fight for it? As a Middle Eastern/South Asian woman, the culture is pretty big on generosity.
No matter how much we say that the “religion of Islam is on a killing spree,” most everyone agrees that there’s also a graciousness in the culture.
Computer science major Lena Hassan met her future husband online in 1994, long before Internet dating had become common practice.
The true stories in "Love, Insh Allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women" (Soft Skull Press) are as diverse as their authors, who are immigrant and assimilated, gay and straight, orthodox and secular."A lot has been said about Muslim women, but very little from ourselves," says co-editor Ayesha Mattu, who hatched the book idea with her friend Nura Maznavi five years ago, after yet another news story about arranged marriages."That's not how I met my partner," Mattu says. Mattu: Nura and I were hanging out in a cafe in San Francisco, where we both lived at the time.
Finally, we would have a climactic moment at a beautiful park, in front of a famous landmark, or the first place we met, and we would share a fireworks-inducing kiss (with real fireworks behind us) right before the credits began to roll. While my friends were ‘going steady’ then breaking up, I’d sit on the sidelines and silently disapprove.