Homecoming

My latest piece at Altmuslimah. A deep magenta shalwar chemise lay draped on the bed. I had not worn such things in years, but today, while visiting a Washington, D.C. suburb, a Pakistani aunty told me to come over to her house and pick one out. I selected the one with the richest hue possible […]

A Woman Of Size

Recently, I heard a phrase that I adore: Woman of Size. I love that idea. It goes beyond the politics of the”fat” label, which still stings no matter how feminists positively co-opt the word. How lovely it is to say: “I am a woman of size. I contain multitudes. I encompass girths of greatness.” I […]

Compassion and Love

Lately, life is busy but merry. I have two recently published essays that I’d love to share. The first, “The Other Side of My Window,” is about how little acts of kindness in everyday practice makes for peace. The essay was written for the Patheos Public Square Best Practices for Peace in 2015. I’m honored to […]

Rants of a Forty-Year Old Divorced White American Muslim Writer

It isn’t easy being a forty-year old divorced white American Muslim woman who is a writer. That label doesn’t bring the boys to your yard — or even to your inbox. At forty years old, if you are a white American Muslim woman who has lived throughout the Muslim world, you are ready for a […]