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But if Omar craves religious and cultural connection, she also wants a Hollywood-style romance.
She broke off the engagement with her first fiancé, at age 20, because, despite parallel views on Islam and family, she wanted greater emotional commitment.
Mariam Bahawdory, whose parents immigrated from Afghanistan, felt frustrated with the cultural idea that men and women shouldn’t converse.
In 2015, she launched the dating app ESHQ —“love” in Farsi.
Canadian sociologist Arshia Zaidi, author of a study of Pakistani women in the United States and Canada, finds that the younger generation has shifted away from the strict family obligations their parents and grandparents may have adhered to.C., the cities with the nation’s highest populations of working millennial Muslims.Anne Haque, a strategy consultant, felt a similar need for alternative methods of dating, so she organized a Muslim singles’ luncheon.On a rainy New York night, Chelsa Cheyenne holds onto her peach-colored shayla, a scarf covering all but an inch of her hair, and ducks into a pizzeria in the West Village.The shayla is a recent addition to her wardrobe, a symbol of modesty reflecting her recent conversion to Islam.