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

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WHY IS BEING SINGLE AND MUSLIM IN AMERICA SO HARD

Why a "Jihad?" 
Many Muslim communities are filled with beautiful, smart, talented, unmarried, single people. But don't believe the hype! Most of them want to get married. Unfortunately however, many find the road to marriage filled with unnecessary delays, social stigma and spiritual pain. But why? And how do young single American Muslims balance their faith with western culture? Is the Muslim and Islamic way of life so incompatible to the American "hook-up" culture that many young Muslims are bred in? What's happening and how can we fix it? This book is revealing for all religious minorites. 

An Ethnographical Study 
The first book of its kind, Jihad of the Soul: Singlehood and the Search for Love in Muslim America, by Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, blends first-hand accounts of the attitudes, experiences, and emotions of single Muslim adults with an anthropological exploration on issues of identity, religion and desire into an intimate, rare look at young Muslim singles' navigation of love and faith. Through interviews with single Muslims aged 18-32, Zarinah identifies nine key reasons singlehood is a "jihad." The book ends with key recommendations to the community as well as the leaders with ways the author feels we can improve the marriage process and build strong communities. 

What do you ask a potential spouse 
Here Dr. Cheryl El-Amin, licensed social worker and pre-marital counselor, provides a sampling of questions to ask your potential mate. We know it can sometimes be hard to crack the ice and get to the real nitty-gritty. A sampling of "So You Wanna Know," Dr. Cheryl's questions for marriage are included to help you out! 

A Letter to the Brothers by Dr. Halim Naeem 
Manhood, relationships, marriage - Dr. Halim Naeem, husband and psychologist pens a letter discussing some of the most important issues for men to consider prior to marriage. Brothers you don't want to miss this. 

A Letter to the Sisters 
Not to leave the sisters out, this emotion and revealing letter from Zarinah to the sister readers is one of healing and growth. 

Reviews 

"A bold look at a number of taboo subjects...original, highly engaging and extremely valuable" - Dr. Carolyn Rouse, Princeton University 

"A wonderful and creative book that provides an opportunity for single American Muslims to share their stories regarding the challenges of developing a self-identity, finding a compatible mate, and maintaining a healthy relationship in a non-Muslim society." - Azizah Kahera, Azizah Magazine 

"Lively and succint... Zarinah El-Amin Naeem's own experiences as an American Muslim woman make for a compassionate, thoughtful, and useful study of the experiences and perspectives of Muslim singles seeking morally workable Islamic alternatives to mainstream American dating." - Dr. Kristina Wirtz, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University 
"Reading this book was like talking to my daughter about everything she doesn't want to say." - Muhammad R. from New York 

"...Groundbreaking, insightful and provocative...a useful departure point to a larger conversation" - Dr. Jimmy Jones, Manhattanville College, NY 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Zarinah El-Amin Naeem is a global presenter, publisher and author from Detroit, Michigan. She uses public anthropology to reveal and address contemporary issues facing the Muslim community. In addition, Zarinah works through her company Niyahpress.com, Beautifully Wrapped, and the Enliven Your Soul Foundation for Global Advancement to create events, products, and experiences that help people tap into their souls. Her ultimate goal is to create a global culture of love by building connections between peoples of various backgrounds. A mother wife and community member, Zarinah would love to connect (zarinah@niyah.net)

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Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, M.A. uses public anthropology to reveal and address contemporary issues while creating opportunities for discussion and bonding between groups of "difference." Drawing on her compelling life journey as an cultural specialist and global presenter, she infuses her talks and workshops with intriguing stories and a keen understanding of the human condition. Zarinah is an active member of the American Muslim community, and the founder and chief spiritual officer of NIYAH, a publishing and creative-living company working to enliven and uplift the souls of humanity through one-of-a-kind events and goods. Married to Dr. Halim Naeem, Zarinah and Halim are raising their three children to be responsible social agents of change. Email her at zarinah@niyah.net to connect.

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A bold look at a number of taboo subjects; cross-cultural/cross-racial romance, sex, religious/gender performance pressures, discomfort with Muslims of the opposite sex, etc.... El-Amin Naeem's book is original, highly engaging and extremely valuable. Before we can get a theoretical handle on what is going on in this very diverse community, we are going to need more ethnographies like Jihad of the Soul. --Dr. Carolyn Rouse, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University

Taking us deep into the thoughts and lives of young Muslim Americans, Zarinah El-Amin Naeem weaves together a powerful, refreshing, and intimate narrative, in their words, about the challenges they face in understanding their own souls, and in searching for their soul mate. The reader is bound to appreciate the gap that the book fills by way of redirecting our attention away from the current ill-conceived and socio-political driven scrutiny of Muslim youth towards a more humane, and human-centered examination of the youth as being unique, and special as they come of age in post 9-11 America. --Altaf Husain, Ph.D. Howard University

A landmark publication which discusses in a scholarly manner, contemporary challenges that single American Muslims face in regards to marriage. Definitely an eye opener for those who seek to promote healthy marriages within the American Muslim community. --Dawud Walid, Executive Director of Council on American Islamic Relations- Michigan

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