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How do American Muslim women navigate love, culture and identity?  KPCC's Yasmin Nouh gives us a glimpse in this Q&A with the co-editor of a new anthology of Muslim women's personal stories.

"Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women," is an anthology of 25 love stories told by American Muslim women from different backgrounds – black, white, Arab, converts, lesbians, Sunni, Shia, South Asian. Editors Ayesha Mattu and Nura Maznavi say they compiled them to dispel stereotypes that Muslim women are generally repressed, forced into arranged marriages, or live loveless lives dictated by men.

Each tale is more than a simple love story, with complex underlying themes that these women face as they navigate hybrid identities while searching for a sense of belonging as Muslims - and as the children of immigrants, in many cases - in the United States.

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