This work is American writer and journalist G. Willow Wilson’s remarkable story of converting to Islam and falling in love with an Egyptian man in a volatile post-9/11 world.
Inspired by her experience during a college Islamic Studies course, Wilson, who was raised an atheist, decides to risk everything to convert to Islam and embark on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future. She settles in Cairo where she throws herself into a culture based on her adopted religion and where she meets Omar, a man with a mild resentment of the Western influences in his homeland. They begin a daring relationship that calls into question the very nature of family, belief and tradition. Torn between the secular West and the Muslim East, Wilson records her intensely personal attempt to forge a “third culture” that might accommodate her values without compromising them or the friends and family on both sides of the divide.