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The Read List No. 2

The second installment of The Read List where we will be sharing our favorite Muslim literature articles. This installment contains works from Muslim Culture, Muslim Impossible, Mahasin & Ariana, Dan Peterson and Shaheen Pasha.

The second installment of The Read List where we will be sharing our favorite Muslim literature articles. This installment contains works from Muslim Culture, Muslim Impossible, Mahasin & Ariana, Dan Peterson and Shaheen Pasha.

Art and Poetry for Palestinian History

Art & Poetry | January 2019 | Muslim Culture | 2 minutes (428 words)

An art installation by Emily Jacir, titled ‘Memorial to 418 Palestinian Villages which were destroyed, depopulated, and occupied by Israel in 1948.

“The tragedy of the Nakba is a continuous cause of distress, sadness, and frustration. And so, I wanted to share the voices of a collection of talented Palestinian artists here, because the resultant sense of displacement and alienation is a sentiment so many of us can understand.”

American Heart

Review | March 27, 2020| Muslim Impossible | 5 minutes (1,871 words)

American Heart: a novel about detention camps in the US that perpetuates Islamophobia. Come for the white saviorism, stay for the unbelievable, pro-American Muslim fugitive. All told from the perspective of the real victim, a white non-Muslim teenage girl.

Evaluating Muslims in KidLit: A Guide for Librarians, Educators, and Reviewers

Article | Mahasin & Ariana | October 3, 2020 | Hijabi Librarians | 6 minutes (1,365 words)

“When credence is given to Muslims consulting on media as part of the creative process, from sensitivity readers, bloggers, #ownvoice reviews, and organizations such as the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Hollywood Bureau, stories become more nuanced and a better reflection of the diversity that exists within the Muslim community.”

What the West Owes the East (Literature)

Article | Dan Peterson | September 28, 2020 | Patheos | 2 minutes ( 670 words)

The Alhambra, of an Andalusian evening.  (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)
 

“Did Arabic literature have any impact upon the literature of the West? Few people in the West would suspect that it did. Yet the answer is almost certainly yes.”

Searching for the Woman Who Saved My Immigrant Family from Homelessness

Memoir | Shaheen Pasha| February 26, 2018 | Narratively | 16 minutes (5,473 words)

“I sat there watching the other families walking down the street,” my mother recalled 33 years later, as we sat together drinking tea in the living room of my large Massachusetts colonial. “The young Hasidic mothers with their children and all of the kind, Hispanic women in the neighborhood would walk past me and go into their homes. And I realized that I didn’t have a home to bring my children to. We were going to have to go into a homeless shelter. It was the worst feeling as a mother.”