Jihad of the Soul: Singlehood and the Search for Love in Muslim America
How do young single American Muslims balance their faith with western culture? This topic and more is tackled by author Zarinah El-Amin Naeem in Jihad of the Soul, an open and honest look at how young Muslim singles navigate love and faith.
Let's face it, no matter how many T.V. episodes of The Bachelor or Sex and the City air, singlehood for the average person is a difficult life period. Most singles want to be in a loving, romantic, long-term relationship. They want to be married. Unfortunately, in the American Muslim community, there are Muslim single men available, and Muslim single women available, but there is a huge disconnect and a serious lack of marriage.
Why? El-Amin Naeem says, "My research shows there are a number of factors including the practice of strict gender separation and marital endogamy that affect and delay the transition from singlehood to marriage for many American Muslims. The Muslim community has serious issues it needs to face, but unfortunately seems to be in denial."
The only book on the subject, Jihad of the Soul is an anthropological exploration into the attitudes, experiences and emotions of single Muslim young adults between the ages of 18-40.
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Between Desire and Faith
Conclusions and Action Steps
IDENTITIES YOUTH AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS
THE CULTURAL WOMBS THAT BORE US
Eight Reasons Many American
IVE GOT NEEDS
THE PRESSURE IS OVERWHELMING
I NEED A B A MONEY ANDOR CAREER
I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
I NEED HELP FINDING A SPOUSE
FAMILY WONT ACCEPT
SUMMARY OF PART II
EASING THE PATH OF SINGLEHOOD
LIVING MUSLIM SINGLEHOOD
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