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A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds
by Safi Abdi   

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Relationships

Publisher:  Authorhouse ISBN-10:  1403322678 Type: 
Pages: 

521

Copyright:  Oct 14 2002
Fiction

Anisa is raised in the Islamic faith. Mike is a white man and is ignorant of all things spiritual. Anisa and Mike take the plunge. But is this marriage made in heaven?



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He had to admit, he wrote, he knew very little about Christianity, and next to nothing about other faiths. The little he knew of Christianity.... had put him off all religions. Not that he really cared. In fact, he wrote, he prided himself on his ability to disassociate himself with much of what he was taught in Sunday school; a scenario that wasn't exactly uncommon in his part of the world.
 

 
  




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A Tale of Two Worlds
Review - Gulf News ( Leading English Daily in UAE ) -Tabloid

In this vibrant and multicultural city of Dubai lives a simple and easygoing housewife who has put her mettle to the test. She has led a life that is common to many in this part of the world. Her life so far has not only been challenging but is also an inspiration. She has taken the step of reaching out to many in the Islamic world through her book A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds which is to be released soon in Dubai.

Safi Abdi was not born to be a writer, but her life took interesting turns and compelled her to be in a situation in which she was dealing with experiences for which she was not prepared. She drew inspiration from her thoughts and experiences and put them on paper. What emerged was a fine piece of fiction which could later be translated into her first book.

"People who have read this book say that they see themselves in it," says Abdi. She wrote the first draft in 1998 and showed it to some friends to seek comments, and received a very positive feedback. But in her heart Abdi was seeking an approval from her religious consciousness. That was only satisfied when a learned Sudanese scholar read her manuscript and said that it was the right thing to do.

Seeking publishers was a challenge, but it was a woman publisher who finally gave me a break and I was able to see my book in print," says Abdi. "The best part of writing this book has been that it has been easy as it was about everyday life."

The driving force behind the publication of this book has been Abdi's conviction to reach out to create awareness among families who are caught between two worlds of different cultures and religions. "It is the children who suffer the most," says Abdi. She hopes that her book will help create consciousness about the conflict that is undergone by families in a situation as has been described in her book.

As a writer, Abdi wishes to grow further and has already started work on her next book, which talks about the civil war in Somalia and its related problems.



Molly's Reviews
A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds. ...... Molly's Reviews

Sep 27 '03

The Bottom Line Interesting Read,

Happy to Recommend 4.5 stars

Anisa is 15, living with her widowed mother and two little brothers on Rako Island when she overhears some of her family members discussing whether she should continue her studies. Anisa is a dedicated student, has little interest in marrying at her age and is aghast as she listens to her relatives planning her life for her. It is the opinion of Anisa’s Aunt Huda and Aunt Rahma that she should not. Anisa’s mother has other ideas.

Because Anisa does so well during the upcoming year she is offered a chance to go to the USA as an exchange student. Anisa’s mother who is supportive and wants her daughter to have the best possible education is at first put off by the notion, however, Anisa’s Uncle/stepfather intervenes and Anisa soon boards an airplane for flight to the US. The fellow students with whom she is studying at first put off Anisa. With their different notions of foods, attitudes and values they seem so different from what she knew at home.

It is while living in the USA that Anisa meets and marries a non-Muslim man. Mike converts to Islam before their marriage, but it does not take long before Anisa realizes that most likely Mike only converted in order to marry her. He is not really faithful to his new doctrine. At last Anisa decides to take her children and return home to Rako Island. What follows next is the crux of the tale. Mike and Anisa must decide how and what to do in order to best care for themselves and their children.

I enjoyed reading this book. Writer Abdi is a Dubai housewife recently taken to writing. In A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds she presents a nice, sprightly, highly readable writing style centering on the inevitable conflict inherent in every marriage. These conflicts are compounded with the diverse backgrounds of the two participants. The story of Mike and Anisa and the problems they face are as old as mankind. When two people from differing backgrounds meet and marry confusion, disagreement and misunderstanding are sure to follow.

Writer Abdi has crafted an absorbing and entertaining work filled with just enough local background to draw the writer into the narrative. Abdi’s Rako Island milieu is filled with points of interest, resonance and redolence to bring the reader right into the tale. I could picture the sea, the streets and various players as I read. Foods, dress, prayer times are all introduced with deft skill in this nicely crafted work. I particularly enjoyed learning something of both Muslim daily life and religious tenets as I read Abdi’s work. Writer Abdi manages to convey many of her own values in a subtle, non-preachy fashion that readers should find appealing.

A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds allows the reader a peek into a society that might be otherwise unknown. I found it refreshing to learn that we are not all so very different from one another. Various ethnic groups within American society take care of their relatives, in different manner perhaps than brother marrying his sibling’s widow. And while polygamy is no longer allowed here in the US, extended families abound in both cultures. Foods and dress are often ‘bones of contention’ for those who do not understand the culture of others. Reading of Anisa’s ‘raisin and carrot’ salad brought a smile to my lips. The girl entertained the same grumbly thoughts expressed by my own children when I, as Anisa’s mom set the bowl on the table for the same reasons held by Anisa’s mother Fatima. I too believe carrots aid the eyesight.

The one disagreement I might have with the writer is that her main character Anisa appears to have met no one in college or elsewhere in the US who held as strong religious beliefs, whether Muslim, Christian, Jewish or other as held by herself. There are so many living here in the US who are very steeped in their own religion that for Anisa to never met one is hard to fathom.

Some minor language issues for the American reader are easily resolved.

A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds is a good book for a quiet afternoon, happy to recommend.

Reviewed by: molly martin

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Title: A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds

Genre: Inspirational/Relationship

Author: Safi Abdi

Line/Publisher Authorhouse

ISBN: 1 4033 226 7 8



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Reader Reviews for "A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds"

Reviewed by Hanad Hussein 5/21/2009
1st i saw this book on the net but i was very eager to read it one tym.
Being Muslim and living a strange country in my experience this book is useful and its something tht indicates the actual life.
Thnx Safi 4 sharin us ur good and well talented experience
Reviewed by Ramzi abdalla 1/24/2008
thought provoking book , I enjoyed reading this book , The World needs authors like you well done sister Allah bless you !
Reviewed by Omar Hamwi 12/21/2005
Phew! It is a huge relief to finally read a book that portrays Islam the way it should be! I read this on the plane and on vacation. It really made time fly. The second i started reading it I was captured by its fast paced story and its unique plot lines. Before I knew it I had landed and was dissapointed because I would have to wait till I got home from the airport untill i could read what happened next. This book on cross-religious marrige is a perfect warning to those who are interested in participating in cross-religious marriages. As I have seen with many couples especially when the woman is a muslim, these are undescribably difficult. THis book besides being a wonderful story and a fantastic read, carries a lot of life lessons and morals to muslims everywhere and even Western non-muslims. It makes you question your life position in terms of Islam and God. Besides all that it shows there is a reality and obligations in life that can and do co-exist with the religion. This book portrays Islam in the light it finally deserves. One which puts a clear line between Islam and Muslims, terrorism and Islam, Even to an extent breaks down barriers between Christianity and Islam. My aunt reading a few pages of the book has picked up a copy herself. I cannot emphasise enough how much I enjoyed this book, it's story which I am sure has been already summed up from previous reviews its life lessons and Ms. Abdi's captivating writing style. From cover to cover, it is a book you can not put down untill it is finished. The characters were alive, emotional (Anisa the main character had an abundance of emotion), to be honest they were real. They jumped out of the book and into the living room. In conclusion I finished the book days ago and still think about it as an adventure I just had. I strongly recommend this book. I guess authors den doesnt have a star system but if it did I'd give it an easy 5 out of 5.
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 9/27/2003

I enjoyed reading this book. Writer Abdi is a Dubai housewife recently taken to writing. In A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds she presents a nice, sprightly, highly readable writing style centering on the inevitable conflict inherent in every marriage. These conflicts are compounded with the diverse backgrounds of the two participants.

Some minor language issues for the American reader are easily resolved.

A Mighty Collision of Two Worlds is a good book for a quiet afternoon, happy to recommend.

Reviewed by: molly martin
http://www.angelfire.com/ok4/mollymartin
http://www.AuthorsDen.com/mjhollingshead
reading and
Reviewed by amal ahmed 8/19/2003
This book us the best book i evere read and i am just 16 but i want to read all your books insaaaah so have a great time and job well done.
Reviewed by sadia 8/18/2003
After reading this thought provoking book, my mind frame was clearly altered. Previously my outlook on multi-cultural was one of a narrow minded person. I was blind to all the problems faced by such couples and I must say the book opened my eyes to the problems faced by such couples of inter- racial marriages. This breath takingly honest book looks into such marriages with such an open perspective that one cannot help but feel enlightened by the whole experience. Safi Abdi handles a topic of such enormity with such delicacy, never showing favorism towards any side, but rather looking it through the eyes of all involved. She further adds to the appeal of the by the addition of humour which all make reading this book a fascinating find. An intrigingly heartwarming story.
Reviewed by Arne 8/18/2003
As a business man I am always looking for a good book to shorten my flight when traveling and for some reason when I looked at the title of this book I found it appealing and I needed to find out what it was all about. I sort of expected something else with regards to this mighty collision, however as I kept reading on I soon realized that this was a story with a deeper meaning, a story that needed to be told. As in the turbulent word we are living in today this book is dealing with a subject that is not spoken much about however it involves thousand of couples and is a subject that needs to be talked and read about. As I kept reading I was dragged into this conflict and I could hardly turn the book away when the meals was served on the plane. You are getting so involved that you just need to turn the next page to find out what is going to happen. The book is dealing with a mixed marriage, east and west and all the difficulties between the different cultures mixed together. It's a very exiting and very professional written book and you get the feeling that this is a book that have a soul and is something more than just a fictional novel. The author has a very good professional way of telling her story and to bring life into the characters and as you read on you find yourself very involved and even take side in this exceptional mighty collision.
To my knowledge this is the first book published from this author and after read the book I found it hard to believe that this is indeed her first published work. What impressed me the most about the author is her outstanding ability to handle the clashes of cultures which the book is focusing on with fairness and objectivity.
I've read many fictional novels, however this novel is among the best I've ever read. It's a page turner and the subject is very much in the limelight in today's turbulent world. If anyone wants to know the difficulties between the different cultures mixed together this book is a must read and will highlight some but not all. I really loved this book and can highly recommend this to every book lover.
Thanks to the author for bringing this hidden problem to the surface for everyone to see. I am looking forward to her next book, hopefully very soon. Thanks again!!!!

Thanks for shorten my long flight


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