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When Muslim Marriage Fails: Divorce Chronicles and Commentaries Paperback – July 2, 2010
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In this important work, author Suzy Ismail takes on the topic of crumbling Muslim marriages in the West. Using a refreshing storytelling approach, this book gives readers a view into five different failed marriages, both from the husbands and the wives perspectives, followed by commentary on why each marriage failed. Each story is different, and yet common themes such as miscommunication and a lack of common life visions repeat themselves again and again. By telling each story from both sides, the author also gives us a chance to truly see how two people can have such different perspectives and feelings on a shared situation, and in this way, reminds us of the great importance of communication in all our close relationships. The stories span from young couples unable to survive the early stages of marriage to parents of adult children leaving each other after decades in loveless relationships. They also tackle important topics such as domestic abuse, cultural differences, and infidelity. This book will undoubtedly enter into the must-read category for family literature for Muslims here in the West. --Dr. Mohamed Rida Beshir
About the Author
Suzy Ismail currently teaches in the Communication Department at DeVry University. She received her Bachelor s in English, Communication, and Middle Eastern Studies, her Master s in Communication and Information Studies, and attended Rutgers University as a doctoral student in the field of Intercultural Organizational Communication. She is also the author of The BFF Sisters and other pending works. She resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children.
Top Customer Reviews
From Newlyweds who become disillusioned after the honeymoon is over, to men and women who leave a loveless marriage after living together for a lifetime and raising a family, these stories are sadly familiar to anyone who is married, has been married, or who is friends with at least one married couple. That sounds like just about everyone, and that's exactly who should read this book, everyone. Because although details and language from the Muslim religion are threaded throughout the stories, told twice each, one from each partner's perspective, this makes the book a richer read if you are not Muslim and I assume creates even more resonance if you are a practicing Muslim.
Following each story the reader finds an analysis by a Muslim scholar. Each of the biographies that follow the analysis tells the reader that these are accomplished people who walk various paths in life. This emphasizes what I stated above, that these stories are for everyone, because failing marriages affect everyone, the individuals involved and their immediate families, but also extended families, entire communities, and sometimes, whole cultures.
If you are experiencing difficulties in your marriage, this collection of stories may provide you with a mirror that will help you see what needs to happen next for you.Read more ›
With that said, I have some issues with this book:
1. I don't like that these stories are fictional. The basic assumption when reading a book like this is that the stories will be real, and so the author should make absolutely clear that they're not. What really irked me though was that apparently the fictional stories written by the author are loosely based on interviews she did with divorced couples, however, rather than one real case of divorce being the direct inspiration for one of the book's stories (which would make the stories more realistic), each story is apparently an amalgamation of many stories. Now it makes sense that as I was reading, I kept thinking about how outrageous these characters were, particularly the husbands. They were often represented as the most despicable of people, with absolutely nothing good about them. And the wives were often depicted as the most pathetic of victims, with very little common sense. The only exception is the last story. While I'm sure there's some truth to the stories, I think the author got too carried away with her storytelling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I suggest this book to be read prior to marriage, It gives a great inside look to the many scenarios that might come about.Published 11 days ago by Sameria
I truly enjoyed this book. There were parts that made you cry and others that made you laugh hysterically. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by Iman