Muslim voices are often unheard, and Muslim love stories are even more distant; but doesn't everyone love?
The stories from the captivating book Love, InshAllah, edited by Nura Maznavi and Ayesha Mattu, gives you the glimpse of the diversity of Muslim women's love lives in America, while showcasing the nuances of being Muslim, and the human emotions around the complexity of love. Each story is written by a Muslim American woman, and intersects with different aspects of their identity and journey in life.
Join us for a discussion on Love, InshAllah; The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women. Copies of the book are available in the library on a first-come, first-served basis.
August 9 at 6:30pm
August 16 at 6:30pm
September 15 at 1:30pm
Goodman South Madison Library
September 18 at 7:00pm
While we encourage you to read all the stories, our discussion will be around the following chapters:
- The Opening
- Love in the Time of Biohazards
- The Hybrid Dance
- Last Night on the Island
- Shalom to Salam
- Brain Meets Heart
Discussions facilitated by members of the Library Takeover planning team, including Maria Ahmad, Syed Umar Warsi, Mouna Algahaithi, and Asmahan Sandokji.
Love, InshAllah: A Night of Storytelling
Friday, Sept. 21 from 7:00-9:00pm - Central Library
Often when we engage with the Muslim community in Madison, and even across the nation, the topic of discussion tend to be solemn and serious (unfortunately with the climate), but tonight we invite you to join us for a night of storytelling with young, Muslim American couples who will be sharing their love stories. Love is a universal phenomena but everyone has their own journey.
Our storytellers will give you a glimpse into their own love stories to showcase the diversity found within the Muslim community that is often painted as a monolith community.
We will host a guest speaker, the author and editor of "Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslims", Nura Maznavi. Check out her TEDx Talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uoj9pEsz80I
Dessert and Tea Bar on site to enjoy as well! Childcare will be available.
Library Takeover is made possible with support from The Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation.