Aisha

Aisha[EPUB] ✰ Aisha By Ikhlas Hussain – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Twenty two year old Aisha Ali doesn’t believe in love Or dating What she does believe in is arranged marriage and that’s exactly what she does at The Islamic Marriage Bureau she matches people up Twenty two year old Aisha Ali doesn’t believe in love Or dating What she does believe in is arranged marriage and that’s exactly what she does at The Islamic Marriage Bureau she matches people up But when Adam Swift a Muslim convert from Toronto comes to small town Windsor Creek Aisha’s views on men and marriage get shaken up When Adam proposes Aisha rejects him in the same breath She’s of Pakistani background He’s not What would the aunties say Adam’s proposal forces Aisha to confront her prejudices as she struggles to accept the man that her community never will Torn between her Western upbringing and Eastern culture Aisha sets out to change cultural expectations and maybe find herself along the way. Set in a small town in western Canada Aisha recalls both Emma and Pride Prejudice but unlike Emma Woodhouse and Lizzie Bennett Aisha believes that falling in love before marriage is haram Her matchmaking is instead set within an Islamic arranged marriage bureau The novel follows Aisha’s growth as she realises her own internalised prejudices against certain kinds of people and certain kinds of places Because as much as Aisha is a love story it’s also a book about place Aisha loves her small town and hates cities and feels left behind when her cousin moves to Toronto But a visitor from Toronto and then her own visit to the city make her revisit her objections Aisha is a self published novel and it would have benefitted from a professional editor Nonetheless it’s a sweet story that really makes you feel like you know the small town Aisha lives in and share her awe at the city when she visits Toronto A mash up between Emma and Pride Prejudice with a modern Muslim take I found it hard to warm up to Aisha she's a very closed off character and lacks the self assuredness of an Elizabeth Bennet or an Emma Woodhouse Her reserve is explained closer to the end of the book but that prevents the reader from really understanding where she was coming from I do think the matchmaking company is a brilliant interpretation of Emma though I wrote it so I think it's pretty good This story moved a little slowly for me but it was an interesting glimpse into Islamic marriage customs and how they vary between families I find it difficult to rate this book It was well written and very educational for me I just didn't like the heroine for the biggest part of the book She seemed rather prejudiced for example My problem with rating this novel correctly is that the fact that I didn't like Aisha for most of the story attests to the uality of Ikhlas Hussain's writing because the personal growth Aisha goes through seems to be the main theme of this book I guess for me it just took her a bit too long to change