Humboldt State University will host a reading on the secret love lives of Muslim women.
The reading of “Love, InshAllah, The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” will be Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Library Fishbowl.
Co-editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi will read from their collection of 25 Muslim American writers. The contributors share the eternal search for love in their accounts of college flirtations, singles' experiences, arranged marriages, sexual liaisons, same-sex relationships and erotic romances, among others.
“Love, InshAllah” has been featured on NPR and the BBC and in The New York Times and Washington Post. Critics have praised the stories for their unique voices, which express not only the sexuality of American Muslim women, but also of the human condition when in love.
Mattu is a writer, photographer and human rights consultant who resides in San Francisco. A Chicago native, Mattu was named a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow in 2009 by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the American Society for Muslim Advancement.
The April 3 reading is sponsored by the Humboldt State Library, the HSu MultiCultural Center and the Department of Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies. It is free and open to the public.