Sorry for the late post, but I still wanted to squeeze in a shameless plug for an article I wrote for The Western Muslim, titled “Muslims in Love: Muslim women balance tradition and romance in their search for spouses”
For over 1400 years, love has lived on in Muslim societies, as evidenced by the large body of poetry and belles lettres. These works have always been popular because they resonate with so many of us who experienced love and heartbreak and long for fulfilling lifelong relationships. While the roles and expectations in marriage have changed over time, many Muslims in the West aim to balance their Islamic traditions with their Western sensibilities.
Read more here.