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Review: The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit

Title: The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit

Author: Collected Poetry by Muslim Women, edited by Janette Grant and Elizabeth Lymer

Publisher: Mindworks Publishing, April 12, 2014

Book Description:
The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit Volume I is an anthology collection featuring original poetry by Muslim women writers and accentuated by excerpts of the hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and scriptures of the Holy Quran and Holy Bible. Too often than not, it is instilled in women from a very young age through the interactions that they have with others and by the images that they are bombarded with daily, that their voices are not as important as men's. It is our intention to highlight the voices of Muslim women while showcasing the connection between them and the faithful women of the Abrahamic scriptures and among the female companions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).


The Muslimah Speaks is a diverse collection of poetry filled with strong and powerful voices of w…

Dowry Divas by Zara J

Title: Dowry Divas

Author: Zara J

Publisher: University Publications, January 31, 2014

Book Description:
Talia, Layla, and Nadia are three friends that have made a pact in regards to picking the perfect spouse- don't settle for less! But will their materialistic view on marriage leave them emotionally bankrupt? Layla and Malik are newlywed attorneys with the image of the ultimate power couple. However, after an unexpected guest crashes their wedding, skeletons from Malik's past begin pouring out of their lavish walk-in closets. Talia's jealousy leads her to the non-traditional route of finding love- the internet. After a few staggers, she stumbles upon Amir and finds herself planning the wedding of a lifetime. The only thing is Amir may have some plans of his own. For the first time in Nadia's young life, she finds herself desiring to marry an already married man. Lateef is a handsome businessman with all the right things to say, he assures Nadia that she will have her fa…

American Boy by Zara J

Title: American Boy

Author: Zara J

Publisher: University Publications, October 15, 2014

Book Description: Temptation seemed oh-so-tasty until American Muslim Entertainment's new IT Boy, Umar, gets hit with reality when his sins with unequally yoked intern, Celine, surfaces as a precious pregnancy. As if the shameful act wasn't enough, Celine's determination to have the family she never had as a child brings much unwanted attention to Umar's prominent career, resulting the religious entertainment company to have him under close surveillance. Celine agrees to keep the pregnancy discreet, but when Umar's childhood crush, Tara, returns to town the battle for his heart begins.

About the Author:
After a successful two years in the Urban Fiction genre under an alias author and entrepreneur Zara J., founded University Publications in 2013. Her debut Muslim Fiction novel Dowry Divas, became an Amazon Bestseller within 24 hours of release. Dowry Divas, is a realistic glimpse in…

Normal Calm by Hend Hegazi

Title: Normal Calm

Author: Hend Hegazi

Publisher: FB Publishing, January 7, 2014

Book Description:
Amina is an Arab American woman attending one of the best universities in the US. During the spring of her junior year, Amina is raped by one of her friends, making her essentially unmarriageable in the eyes of her parents and, possibly, the entire Arab community. When her mother experiences a nervous breakdown, Amina fears that she is to blame for her mother's condition. Eventually she falls in love with Sherif, but his reaction to her rape proves him to be unworthy. Deciding to forgo love, Amina focuses on her career. When her best friend introduces her to Mazin, however, she sees in him only good qualities. He is successful, kind, generous...but she feels no love for him. When Mazin asks for her hand in marriage, Amina struggles with the idea of settling for a man she does not love. Knowing that he, too, may abandon her when he learns of her rape is another burden she continues to be…

Khadijah's Got Her Groove by F. A. Ibrahim

Title: Khadijah's Got Her Groove

Author: F. A. Ibrahim

Publisher: University Publications, Release Date: 11/15/2014

Book Description:
Khadijah Aziz, who only shoots for the stars, has running the perfect Muslim household under control. That was until a mysterious phone number from a woman named Saffron surfaces from her husband Raheem's pocket. Confused and distraught, Khadijah pushes the questionable number to the side and tries to maintain her grip on life as a slew of challenges arise in the relationships she holds most dear. With the threat of slipping, Khadijah struggles desperately to maintain her fascade, but inevitable change is already in motion. Putting family first isn't always easy. Will Khadijah lose everything she's worked for when escalating dilemmas leaves her life boiling like a volcano of issues of the heart, or will she push on to forge a new path for herself: choosing mastery over weakness, peace over strife, and love over fear?

About the Author:
Fatimah …

Book Buzz: Eseere: Language of the Wind by Janette Grant

Title: Eseere: Language of the Wind

Author: Janette Grant

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, April 9, 2014

Book Description:
In a world hundreds of galaxies away from Old Earth’s solar system, the Urnahi people live as second class citizens on their own sovereign land with little hope and a meager will to resist. The United Republic of Provinces has colonized them, oppressed them, and shows no signs of changing their policies towards this peaceful people, but not all of the Urnahi have been broken.
Safiya Al-Akhad, haunted by forces that terrorize her dreams and aching from loss, is skeptical when approached about entering the Order of the Elementals, but desperate enough to risk her life by accepting the invitation. Orphaned from attacks by the colonizing off-worlders and born as an empath with an ability called eseeri that allows her to feel the emotions and sense the thoughts of others, she wrestles with maintaining her equilibrium when witnessing the pain and opp…