Jihad of the Soul – a review

Zarinah El-Amin Naeem has given us “Jihad of the Soul: Single Muslims Struggling with Identity, Religion and Desire”, a study of what it means to be young and single in today’s society; specifically, young and single in American society. She takes scores of interviews of people between the ages of 18 and 40 and presents their experiences and opinions in a coherent fashion.

Divided into 3 parts, Jihad tackles important questions, such as:

  • What does it mean to be Muslim?
  • Is marriage still necessary?
  • Are my expectations to high?
  • How much say so should my family have in my decision?
  • Where do I find a mate?

This book contains a wealth of information. Whether you are a person seeking answers to chase away confusion or simply desire to know “what’s really going on”, this book needs to be read! Overall, it reminds us that there is no single mindset about Muslims.

How I wish this book was around when I was single!


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