Living 40 days in a different culture helps you understand the culture. These are small vignettes of Tamalyn Dallal living in five countries that are with large Islamic populations. Within each culture, Islam has been changed to take in the local customs that existed when Islam came into the area. I thought she would live with one family for the whole 40 days but she lived in hotels, apartments, rented rooms, etc. instead of spending all her time with one family. She met many different people. I learned much about the cultures and countries, such as where some are and where they are near. It is interesting and worth reading. I just wish she had lived with one family 40 days and immersed herself in their daily lives.