Christmas Posting Dates
The Butterfly Mosque

The Butterfly Mosque

Paperback

By (author) G Willow Wilson

$11.78
List price $14.08
You save $2.30 16% off

Free delivery worldwide
Available
Dispatched in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 208mm x 26mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 5 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802145337
  • ISBN 13: 9780802145338
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 85,415

Product description

"The Butterfly Mosque," journalist G. Willow Wilson's remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world, was praised as "an eye-opening look at a misunderstood and often polarizing faith" ("Booklist") and "a tremendously heartfelt, healing crosscultural fusion" ("Publishers Weekly"). Inspired by her experience during a college Islamic Studies course, Wilson, who was raised an atheist, decides to risk everything to convert to Islam and embark on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future. She settles in Cairo, where she attempts to submerge herself in a culture based on her adopted religion and where she meets Omar, a man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland. They begin a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief, and tradition. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Wilson records her intensely personal struggle to forge a "third culture" that might accommodate her values without compromising them or the friends and family on both sides of the divide.

Other people who viewed this bought:

Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

Other books in this category

Showing items 1 to 11 of 11
Categories:

Author information

G. Willow Wilson was born in New Jersey in 1982 and raised in Colorado. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed comics "Air" and" Vixen." She divides her time between Cairo and Seattle. Visit Willow's website at gwillowwilson.com

Review quote

--A "Seattle Times" Best Book of the Year ""The Butterfly Mosque" is replete with insights into faith, family, cross-cultural courtship and the inevitable 'clash of cultures, ' making it an absorbing read. . . . Wilson's memoir offers the reader valuable insights into the Islamic faith. . . . A remarkable journey, one that illuminates the humanity in us all."--"The Seattle Times" "Captivating . . . [An] excellent memoir . . . [that] deserves attention; not just for the clarity of [Wilson's] style and her shrewd observations, but for her sincerity and courage in following her own truth."--"The Globe and Mail" "Eloquent . . . A life-altering adventure in love, faith, and surrender . . . [Wilson] wins the reader over with her courage, her keen intelligence, her insatiable hunger for truth, and her fine writing. It is riveting to watch a liberal, fiercely independent young American transform into a Muslim and an Egyptian daughter-in-law. . . . Much more than a coming-of-age story, Wilson's memoir explores expatriates and anti-Westernism, economics and fundamentalism, Egyptian culture and feminism . . . [and] builds a bridge between the East and the West through her writing."--"Charlotte Observer" "Wilson's book, particularly in these treacherous times of mistrust and paranoia, is a masterpiece of elegance and determination. . . . Wilson has written one of the most beautiful and believable narratives about finding closeness with God that makes even the most secular reader wince with pleasure for her. . . . A natural-born storyteller."--"The Denver Post" "Wilson skillfully conveys the terms of complex sociological discord. . . . Her careful examination and forthright wit make her an ideal ambassador to those who haven't . . . separated [Islam] from its attendant terrorist factions and stereotypes. . . . Wilson has the objective sensitivity to understand the attitudes and arguments facing her; she's multicultural, eloquent and humbly pers