Jihad of the Soul: Singlehood and the Search for Love in Muslim America

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The NIYAH Company, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 210 pages
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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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Contents

Between Desire and Faith
3
Conclusions and Action Steps
13
IDENTITIES YOUTH AND AMERICAN MUSLIMS
17
THE CULTURAL WOMBS THAT BORE US
25
Eight Reasons Many American
51
IVE GOT NEEDS
65
THE PRESSURE IS OVERWHELMING
79
I NEED A B A MONEY ANDOR CAREER
93
I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS
99
I NEED HELP FINDING A SPOUSE
117
FAMILY WONT ACCEPT
127
SUMMARY OF PART II
137
EASING THE PATH OF SINGLEHOOD
141
LIVING MUSLIM SINGLEHOOD
151
Appendices
161
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