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Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice

Islamic Interpretive Tradition and Gender Justice

Processes of Canonization, Subversion, and Change
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You appeared
to a chorus of
old men's cracking knees and backs
as we straightened up out of sajdah
at Friday prayer,
your face unmistakable
in the mosaic patterns
on the walls of the masjid.


Day by day, I stayed there gazing,
longing once again
for the sharp lines of your eyes and mouth.


The imam grinned proudly
mistaking my obsession for piety.Fasted, or maybe just forgot to eat
until like you, I became
a shadow of lines and angles.


I began to inch my way towards you
on memory's dusty beams.






An insignificant thing
lacks the needed weight to attract,
laws state
it will barely inspire a reaction.
An insignificant thing
will always try to accrete,
even if hate is the only available mass.


Let it build
until you collapse alone
beneath your own weight.
Then for a moment
you will become a fire on the horizon,
and impossible to ignore.

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Morality at the Margins

Morality at the Margins

Youth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya
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Divorcing Traditions

Islamic Marriage Law and the Making of Indian Secularism
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