4) She moves up & down Islam's social, political, ethnic, individual spectrum

4) She moves up & down Islam's social, political, ethnic, individual spectrum

When she’s on her own, personality and purpose surfaces. 

Struggling to reconcile her religious devotion with Pacific Northwest slackerdom, Maliha gravitates to issues of Middle Eastern faith. 

She prays at venerated mosques, attends Sufi concerts, and detects the echoes of Islam in the hospitality she enjoys in the most humble homes. 

It’s significant that Masood’s position on the religious spectrum shifts depending on where she is and with whom. 

Muslim religious custom is diverse geographically, politically, ethnically and individually. 

Sometimes the author is more observant, such as when a Kurdish family she meets hanging out at a Syrian mosque simply watches as she prays before bedtime. 

Other times she’s equally engaged in progressive ijtihad (religious inquiry), questioning a group of Egyptian academics about Islam’s view of women. 

In Istanbul she’s unexpectedly conservative when a secular Turk admonishes her for choosing to veil.

Be the first to like it!

People also liked

Related stories
1.The real party is backstage says footwear designer Joyce Echols
2.A Look at ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ Season 12 So Far
3.Google, Facebook, and YouTube Partner With The Deep State
4.Recording "What Went Wrong" with David Dreas
5.Specimens of waltzing, 1817
6.What do I need to know about 'American Gods'?
7.Heading to Tavolara
8."Murder is hot" in the media
9.Question 14 let's go!
10.Choose your intention