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The Culture & Cuisine of Iraq OSHER Edventure

October 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am PDT


About the Event

Adventures by the Book is pleased to partner with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University for a Culture & Cuisine of Iraq Edventure with critically acclaimed journalist and debut author Huda Al-Marashi.

While enjoying a delicious, authentic Middle Eastern lunch at one of San Diego’s premiere Mediterranean restaurants, Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine, Huda will share the unique story behind her traditional Muslim marriage.

Was this an arranged marriage? What is Muslim life in America? How does one blend Iraqi culture into life in America? What is a Muslim wedding like? Join us as Huda answers these questions and more. Understanding other cultures is the first step towards acceptance, so come to our Edventure with an appetite, questions, and a thirst for greater understanding.

Your Adventure includes a buffet lunch of authentic Middle Eastern food, a soft beverage, tax, gratuity, Q&A, book signing, and the chance to meet the author up-close and personal in an authentic and intimate setting.

About the Book and Author

Huda Al-Marashi is the author of the forthcoming memoir First Comes Marriage: My Not-So-Typical American Love Story. Excerpts from this memoir have appeared in the anthologies Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of Muslim American Women, Becoming: What Makes a Woman, and Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women and Extreme Religion.

Other works have appeared in the Washington Post, the LA Times, al Jazeera, VIDA Review, Refinery 29, the Rumpus, and the Offing. She is the recipient of a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship and an Aspen Summer Words Emerging Writer Fellowship.

Tender, honest, and irresistibly compelling, First Comes Marriage is the first Muslim-American memoir dedicated to the themes of love and sexuality. Huda and Hadi’s story brilliantly circles around a series of firsts, chronicling two virgins moving through their first everything: hand holding, first kiss, and first sexual encounters.

It’s an almost unbearably humanizing tale that tucks into our hearts and lingers in our imagination, while also challenging long-standing taboos within the Muslim community and the romantic stereotypes we unknowingly carry within us that sabotage some of our best chances for finding true love.


Registration will open soon at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University

Due to the special nature of this Edventure, Osher membership is required and may be obtained at a minimal cost at time of registration; limited spaces are available for this unique experience, so early registration is recommended. 

The options available below are for a copy of First Comes Marriage, and will not register you for the event. Book will be delivered to you at the event for signing.



October 7, 2019
11:30 am PDT
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Sufi Mediterranean Cuisine
5915 Balboa Avenue 
San Diego, CA 92111 United States
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