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Isolated Incident

by (author) Mariam Pirbhai

Mawenzi House Publishers Ltd.
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
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When a rock, a threatening letter, and a burning Quran are thrown into a mosque on the outskirts of Toronto, religious leaders and the police shrug it off as an isolated incident. But not everyone is convinced by this tepid response, many seeing the "incident" as a hate crime. Among them is Kashif Siddiqui, the son of Pakistani immigrants, who joins a group of volunteers at an Islamic Cultural Centre on a security watch during the festive Eid night, thus becoming the likely target of a bolder attack. But Kashif is pulled towards helping the Muslim community at the Centre, seeing it as a refuge in difficult times. Eid night becomes a test of friendship, family, and faith for the people in Kashif's orbit. For Kashif, it may mean the difference between life and death.

About the author

Mariam Pirbhai was born in Karachi, Pakistan before her family took to the skies, alighting on England and the Philippines before arriving in Canada's terra firma. Here, she has charted her own journey across three provinces, eventually settling in Waterloo, Ontario, where she works as an associate professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is the author of Mythologies of Migration, Vocabularies of Indenture: Novels of the South Asian Diaspora in Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia-Pacific and co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Indo-Caribbean Women's Literature. Her short fiction has appeared in several anthologies including When Your Voice Tastes Like Home: Immigrant Women Write and Her Mother's Ashes, Volume 3: Stories by South Asian Women in Canada and the United States, as well as in national and international journals such as South Asian Review, jaggerylit: A DesiLit Arts and Literature Journal, Maple Tree Literary Supplement, and Mi>Dalhousie Review. Outside People and Other Stories is her debut collection of short fiction. She lives in Waterloo.

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