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The Butterfly Mosque

A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam
Narrated by: Catherine Byers
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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The extraordinary story of an all-American girl's conversion to Islam and her ensuing romance with a young Egyptian man, The Butterfly Mosque is a stunning articulation of a Westerner embracing the Muslim world.

When G. Willow Wilson - already an accomplished writer on modern religion and the Middle East at just 27 - leaves her atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and sends her on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future.

She settles in Cairo, where she teaches English and submerges herself in a culture based on her adopted religion. And then she meets Omar, a passionate young man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland. They fall in love, entering into a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief, and tradition. Torn between the secular West and Muslim East, Willow records her intensely personal struggle to forge a "third culture" that might accommodate her own values without compromising the friends and family on both sides of the divide.

©2010 G. Willow Wilson. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Beautiful story

Really enjoyed Willow's story. I'm also a convert to Islam, so this felt very close to my heart. Her writing is candid, and I thoroughly enjoyed her views on Cairo.

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Engaging, Insightful, Suspenseful, Fascinating

Listened twice. Willow Wilson is an amazing, insightful lady. There's family, politics, religion, joy, adventure.

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A well written story

I loved the book and forgot it was non-fiction at times. I look forward to reading other works by Mrs. Wilson

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  • Khalid
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  • 07-03-18

i kinda like it

The book story is perfect. But she talked about some countries in a bad misunderstanding way.

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Not a very compelling story

While the premise of the book sounds interesting, it lacks fundamental parts of the story – as others have pointed out, it does not explain the author's fascination with Islam. Apart from that, the book is not particularly interesting and deep.

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