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Between Two Moons

A Novel

by Aisha Abdel Gawad

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Nighttime photograph of a crescent moon statue lit with neon light in Jordan for the celebration of Ramadan Aisha Abdel Gawad's debut novel, Between Two Moons, follows twin sisters Amira and Lina as they navigate self-discovery during the celebration of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month-long Islamic tradition characterized by spiritual devotion practiced through prayer, fasting, charity and other activities. It is considered one of the holiest times of year, and includes Laylat al-Qadr, known as the night that God revealed the Qur'an, the central text of Islam, to the prophet Muhammad. Ramadan is celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and in most places in the world falls at a different time each year due to an approximate 11-day difference between the Gregorian calendar, which adheres to solar months (currently used by the majority of nations), and the Islamic calendar, which adheres to lunar months. It is typically celebrated between sightings of the new moon. Gawad's novel takes place entirely within the duration of Ramadan, hence the title Between Two Moons.


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