They’re professional, smart women in their thirties and forties, who hadn’t found the right match or had had poor marriages.While the majority of them convert for the wedding, there are some women like 36 year-old Estela, who actually found Islam several years before, through their own spiritual search, and out of disappointment at both Latino men and their own Catholic beliefs.
We Latina women, when we fall in love we give everything, we’re happy if they just like us, love us and make sweet love to us.” If successful, these virtual crushes do not take too long to get to the next level.
He wasn’t fooling around and from the first moment he expressed his intentions. When asked about the reasons why they thought men preferred Latinas over other types of women, they explained that preference with reasons that range from “our sense of family” similar to “Arabs,” to the importance they give to emotional connection over material satisfaction, which they compared to Egyptian women.
As Estela so naughtily puts it, “the Egyptian [wife] is materialistic. If you don’t buy me this or that, forget about seeing ‘Cleopatra’ tonight…
Estela* looks at herself in the shop’s mirror while she tries a big winter coat.
She seems like any other traditional Egyptian Muslim wearing a discrete hijab and Jallabiya that generously cover her well-rounded curves.
According to Myriam, a 41-year-old Colombian chemical engineer who married an Egyptian Muslim five years after her conversion, she felt that Islam “was not a religion but a lifestyle; a practical guide of how you should behave, dress or talk, of what to do in a marriage.
It wasn’t the religion we learned at school or at home, which was only going to church on Sunday and doing whatever the hell you wanted afterwards…
At least until a few minutes later when, with a distinct Peruvian Spanish and a playful smile, she asks her friend: “Do you think this jacket shows my butt?
” She is just one of several Latina women who have converted to Islam and married Egyptian men.
It seemed hypocritical to me, and Islam incorporated theory into practice all the time instead.” What most of these women have in common, though, is that they met their partners through Internet Muslim dating websites.
As Estela recalls, “a friend of mine opened me an account on Qiran.com, I had already been a Muslim for three years before but didn’t want to get married again.