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The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
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Jul 08, 10

Read in July, 2010

The Butterfly Mosque has the uncanny ability to capture facets of the human experience with deft and exquisite lyricism. The images and stories that the author stirs up to describe her spiritual journey from Boston to the Middle East are witty and memorable with gritty honesty anchoring it all. Islam and Egypt are central to her narrative and they are described - or rather explored - with a remarkable blend of nuance and integrity.

It is a much appreciated respite from the opportunistic memoirs out there which she also acutely critiques. The issues faced, both cultural and religious, are not skirted but grappled with, oftentimes with an enduring appreciation - or at least understanding - managing its way through in the end.
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