Friday, September 21, 2012
From the Library: The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson
An autobiography of journalist Willow Wilson and her conversion to Islam, The Butterfly Mosque chronicles her first year in Egypt as an English language teacher and Opinion writer. During that time, Willow falls in love with a colleague and starts down the road of a bicultural marriage and life in a very different land. Willow also takes a trip to Iran to compare differences between Islamic countries.
Willow is an excellent writer who draws the reader into her experiences with new relatives and cultural norms in a matter-of-fact manner. I found her difficulties in obtaining food when she first arrived in Cairo particularly interesting. Coming from a land of supermarket food, wrapped and presented all in one place, Willow needed to learn the art of buying live chickens from a butcher, fruits and vegetables from the souk venders and dry goods from small local stores.
I would recommend this book to any friend. Willow writes of the beauty of Islam and communicates it on a highly personal level. I loved it!