Big Little Steps

Big Little Steps : A Woman's Guide to Embracing Islam

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"A 'self-help' book for Muslims, which seeks both to inspire Muslim women, but also to educate those outside the faith" - Dr Myriam Francois

Since her conversion to Islam in 2002 Mathilde Loujayne has crossed paths with women from all walks of life on a common spiritual journey to discover Islam from a feminine perspective. Fuelled by a desire to find the right words to explain to her mother her choice to embrace Islam, this guide was born.

Through Mathilde Loujayne's personal experiences - grief, high school, moving abroad, work, marriage, and motherhood - she addressses women's common concerns as they take the big, little steps towards finding a balanced lifestyle and a glowing heart in Islam.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 165 x 235 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • Markfield, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Color illustrations throughout
  • 1847741274
  • 9781847741271
  • 15,712

Table of contents

Introduction - Epiphany

Chapter 1 - Faith

Who is God?

Understanding Islam

The five pillars of Islam

Chapter 2 - A Way of Life

Fasting benefits for the body

Natural medicine

Praying: a physio-spiritual practice

Beauty secrets

Animal welfare

'Bon appetit! Bismillah'

Mental health

Chapter 3 - Womankind

The creation of (wo)mankind

The role of women in a muslim society

Women's rights


Chapter 4 - Prayer

The sweetness of faith

Ablutions? Enlighten me

The Mosque

Get connected: special occasions

Chapter 5 - Togetherness

Soul sisters

Citizens of the world

Let the festivities begin!



Leap of faith




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Review quote

Big Little Steps breaks down a woman's journey to Islam in big little pieces. - Grazia Middle East

This is a book full of heart. New Muslims and those who are newly committed to their religion will find much useful information conveyed with common sense and compassion. - Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College (Canada)

Big Little Steps is a holistic and feminine take on the ins and outs of Islam, written by a young French lady. It is an easy to understand and useful guide to anyone wanting to become Muslim, especially brave women! I wish I'd had a book like this when I embraced Islam in 1995. - Kristiane Backer, author of From MTV to Islam

Big Little Steps is a heart-warming journey of an intelligent woman seeking the peace of Allah. Full of practical advice and insightful thoughts, this is one book that every Muslimah should be talking about. - Quake Books

"Mathilde weaves her own personal story of conversion to Islam, into this accessible manuscript in which personal anecdotes mix with more formalistic descriptions of religious practise." - Dr Myriam Francois, taken from the preface
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About Mathilde Loujayne

Mathilde is a French thirty-something woman who has lived a life filled with faith and spirituality since a young age.

She embraced Islam in her last year of high school in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, at the age of 18.
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