literature

The healing power of poetry

“I’m writing as if God put this pen and paper In my hand Opening my mind to words I can’t even understand”   Hawa Fuesini’s poetry collection, “Nabila’s Garden: Love, Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption” reflects upon the journey of a sixteen year old Nigerian immigrant living in New York City. Instead of…

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Princeton & altM’s Panel on Literary Arts, Spirituality, and Representation

Princeton Muslim Life & altMuslimah celebrate International Women’s Day princeton.edu/muslimlife Introductions Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University, Princeton Muslim Life Program Asma Uddin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altMuslimah.com Literary Arts, Spirituality, & Representation Nafees Syed, Recent Yale Law School graduate, writer, and essayist for I Speak For Myself:…

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The Power of Story

I remember the first, bonafide adult books I read: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. They changed me irreparably and began a lifelong addiction to science fiction. Kurt Vonnegut helped me understand the trauma of war and apocalypse. Octavia Butler showed me the racial…

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My first time with Salman Rushdie

I attended a Salman Rushdie lecture with a made-up mind about him, hoping that he’d be able to somehow prove me wrong despite all that I had read. And during the lecture itself, he grew on me. He was quick, charming, and eloquent. But I left feeling completely to the contrary, completely disappointed with Salman Rushdie. Not as a writer, talented as he may be, but as a person.

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