Sajid didn’t waste any time arranging a meeting with his friend after Samiah begrudgingly agreed to do so. Two days later she found herself with Sajid, walking towards the restaurant where they were to meet Amer. “This feels like a blind date,” Samiah said, trying to hide her nerves. “When …

Despite the years she had spent painstakingly studying, sitting exams, training, teaching, planning and marking, it appeared that the world was adamant to reduce Samiah’s whole life, nay existence, to that one dirty, unspoken word. Spinster. The fact that she no longer cared to waste precious time searching for this …

In this ground-breaking collection, American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their real-life tales of dating, longing and sex. Their stories show just how varied the search for love can be – from singles’ events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim …

When I first encountered Edwin Long’s “The Babylonian Marriage Market” hanging in the Picture Gallery at Royal Holloway, University of London, I remember being quite struck by it. The painting depicts a scene from a marriage market in Ancient Babylon where women were auctioned off as wives. The beautiful amongst …