One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker

I just finished reading The Color Purple for the first time. The timing is no mere coincidence. Alice Walker is now getting some pretty bad press for her apparent endorsement of David Icke, a "professional conspiracy theorist" according to Wikipedia and whom critics call a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, which of course he denies. But don't they… Continue reading One among many complicated figures: Alice Walker

Moo-sings on The Self, Diversity, & Other Things That Shall Not Be (Explicitly) Named

I like using the word self in the third person in reference to myself because I like to think what I write has some sort of universal appeal. I could be wrong. Or simply pretentious. Regardless, I often find myself in head spaces where I feel as if I have to decide if I stay… Continue reading Moo-sings on The Self, Diversity, & Other Things That Shall Not Be (Explicitly) Named

On the importance of memoirs

I just finished reading Leila Ahmed's A Border Passage last night. For those of you familiar with Leila Ahmed, you're probably thinking "Oh no!" or "Right on!" For those unfamiliar, Leila Ahmed is a controversial figure within Islamic Studies scholarship. Or maybe just with Muslims. I don't know. I honestly haven't really read too much… Continue reading On the importance of memoirs

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

I am lovingly drinking my morning tea as I type this post... because I finally can! (ETA: I was when I first started writing this post, anyway) I haven't been able to do this for a month (well... there was a week in between where I did, but that's a minor detail we don't need… Continue reading “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end”

My first iftar!

Okay, so obviously I did not have my first iftar last night. I've been fasting for close to two decades - and I have attended plenty of iftars in my lifetime. FYI: For my non-Muslim readers, "iftar" is the name of the meal Muslims eat after breaking their fast. But last night was the first… Continue reading My first iftar!