American woman dating a muslim man

Muslim women have had the right to divorce for the past 1,400 years.

That is not to say it has always been easy, or that cultural or legal impediments have not existed.

They find love on the second — or even third — time around.

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In “Love, Insh Allah,” writers who wear hijab challenge that notion. Two of our writers relate very different experiences of being gay Muslims — one from a secular background, the other from an orthodox perspective. The more secular writer comes out to her strict Muslim parents and is accepted, while the more orthodox woman has not yet come out to her non-Muslim family.

In Muslim dating, the Quran and its tenets influence every aspect of the relationship, the engagement, marriage and premarital sex.

Ayesha Mattu, an international development consultant, and Nura Maznavi, an attorney, are the co-editors of "Love, Insh Allah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women." By Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi, Special to CNN A lot has been written about Muslim women, but very little of it has been written by Muslim women ourselves.

The sensational stories — child brides, forced marriages, honor killings — always get the headlines, but nowhere do we see the stories of the independent, opinionated and hilarious Muslim women we know. Starting five years ago, we asked fellow American Muslim women to share their stories of searching for love.

If that seems foreign, consider that she bases her decision on their mutual chemistry after discussing shared values, passions and goals.

They’re the same factors most of us consider when choosing a lifelong partner, albeit usually over longer periods of dating.

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