Ranya Tabari Idilby: A secular Muslim-American mom

Ranya Tabari Idilby is a 1st gen Palestinian-American woman who breaks down stereotypes many Americans have about Muslims.  She considers herself a typical American and concerned mother, who is raising 2 kids in NYC with her husband.  Ranya’s father was an engineer; he met her mother b/c his company was building a road near her house (no arranged marriage).  Ranya immigrated as a young girl to McLean, VA (Fairfax County).  She became a naturalized citizen at age 21.  None of the women in her family has ever worn a headscarf (not that there’s anything wrong w/ that).  She co-authored The Faith Club with two of her Christian and Jewish friends/neighbors/fellow moms. 

Ranya Tabari Idilby on HuffPost Live
Ranya Tabari Idilby on HuffPost Live

Values are something that are values of action.

HuffPost Interview:  Her kids, 9/11 anniversary, & interfaith marriage

Before 9/11, I was an accidental Muslim. 

WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show interview (1/15/14)

Idilby's new book cover
Idilby’s new book cover

Diversity is a natural development within the faith.

Discussion of her new memoir Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie & more: CSPAN: After Words (interviewed by Daisy Khan (12/4/13)

Cute AND Useful Items

I’ve been using this Guess bag (purchased at a VERY LOW price from Filene’s Basement going-out-of-business sale back in November 2011) and matching wallet (from DSW) for the past few months.  I keep getting compliments on the bag, even from stylish people I meet!  It’s cute AND roomy (great for commuter gals like me).  The pillow is a rare find from from Target; I got it back in September. 

I bought this storage bench this past weekend from SuperTarget ($59.99) in suburban Indy.  This one is dark brown, but it also comes in black.  There is a smaller version ($49.99), but since I had enough space in my apt. bedroom, I got the bigger one.  My mom thought it was a GREAT deal, too!  It fits a LOT of DVDs (as you can see in pic below).  And for or those who love comfort, it’s also nice to sit on.