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Mapping the Intersections of Islamophobia & #BlackLivesMatter: Unearthing Black Muslim Life & Activism in the Policing Crisis

James Baldwin once said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage nearly almost all of the time.” Last month, Baltimore erupted, and the rest of America got a glimpse into the ever-present but… Continue Reading “Mapping the Intersections of Islamophobia & #BlackLivesMatter: Unearthing Black Muslim Life & Activism in the Policing Crisis”

Prayer, Protest, & Police Brutality: Black Muslim Spiritual Resistance in the Ferguson Era

Abstract This article is a localized ethnographic exploration of African American Muslims within the context of a broad and diverse national movement surrounding police violence and related issues of racial justice: “Black Lives Matter.” Through fieldwork conducted simultaneously in physical spaces in the Northeast… Continue Reading “Prayer, Protest, & Police Brutality: Black Muslim Spiritual Resistance in the Ferguson Era”

Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In

Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In I have never died before. In the beginning of December, at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, D.C., I made my way down to our hotel’s main lobby with… Continue Reading “Recalled to Life: On the Meaning and Power of a Die-In”

When Silence Says it All: Reflections on American Muslim Leadership and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. –Martin Luther King, Jr. I love my community, deeply. And my definition of love always requires complete honesty to the best of my ability: this is… Continue Reading “When Silence Says it All: Reflections on American Muslim Leadership and the Trayvon Martin Tragedy”

The Ground on Which I Stand: Foundations for a Righteous Masculinity

The foundation for a righteous masculinity cannot be built upon the domination of women. Reflecting upon my experiences as a Muslim woman for the last twenty something years, who for much of that time has muddled through the enormity of trying to guide three… Continue Reading “The Ground on Which I Stand: Foundations for a Righteous Masculinity”