The Butterfly Mosque

Wilson, G. Willow

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Butterfly Mosque
Documents the author's conversion from all-American atheist to Islam, a journey marked by her decision to relocate to Cairo, romance with a passionate young Egyptian, and her efforts to balance the virtues of both cultures.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010
ISBN: 0802118879
Characteristics: 304 p. ; 22 cm


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May 20, 2014
  • ilove48whippets rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful, auto-biographical, true tale of an American woman, teaching in Cairo, converting to Islam, and marrying into a caring, warm Muslim family! It really helps to understand our misconceptions of the Muslim worldview, and how we are guided and misguided by our Govts and media about what is really going on.. Highly recommend it!

Jul 07, 2013
  • guynesegal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An excellent read I stumbled on, when buying time in the library while waiting to use one of the computers. Very inspiring to me. She is my new favorite author.

Mar 09, 2013
  • nuztorad rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An engaging, insightful and moving book about a very human experience. Many people can relate to the sentiments and events in Wilson's life, I think, or if not can benefit from the open and straight-forward way she explains how and why things happen. It will certainly challenge any stereotype people have of converts to Islam, of the Middle East, of Islam and its followers and of what it means to "belong" to a country or culture. Truly, it is a story of many migrations: of the body, of the mind and of the heart.

Dec 14, 2010
  • S2Hofforth rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Enjoyable, with interesting stories and insights into a Muslim woman's life in Cairo. There were some moving moments, but nothing that would shock. The story was well written and I liked the romance and the flow of it.

Oct 01, 2010
  • Scout_WPL rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Has helped change some of my misconceptions/ prejudice. The telling of her story is not judgemental but rather bridges new understanding between the different cultures of the West (Boulder) and East (Cairo) as Wilson tells of her personal experience of transition.

Those seeking another view of the life a woman of Muslim faith should add this title to their reading list.


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