Criminalizing Islam

Criminalizing Islam: Islamophobia as an Apparatus of Punishment and Social Alienation   Introduction It must be said that deciding to write about Islamophobia in America is a choice I make not without some hesitation. I choose to address it firstly because it is specific and easily recognizable – though this does not reduce from its […]

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I am she, Astarte

I am she, owner and beholder of the prophecy My name? My name is poetry. I am Inanna, Aisha, and Mary, I am Astarte, bow now And Hear my clear voice Now rise, by my grace, and say my name: I am the dark matrix, I am the source of the sun and the stars! […]

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Looking Forward to Winter Activities

Thanksgiving break is over, and I am about wrapping up my semester at Columbia this fall, and already planning my winter break activities, including immersing myself in my spiritual practice which, for me, always includes the passionate pursuit of knowledge. I have always been interested in my ancestral homeland and my Iraqi heritage and look […]

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Crucifixion

I learned today that the American Museum of the Bible in Washington D.C. does not contain Arabic versions of the Bible (thank goodness for scholarship!). This was a real disappointment to me, for the image of Christ and his martyrdom is a powerful one for Arab Christians and Muslims alike. On the other side of […]

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