Mohja Kahf

Mohja Kahf
Syrian - American
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Mohja Kahf (born 1967, Damascus, Syria) is an Arab-American poet and author.
Kahf moved to the United States in 1971. Her family has been involved in Syrian opposition politics, a theme reflected in the life of her character Khadra of The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf.
She received her Ph.D. in comparative literature from Rutgers University and is ...
Popular Poems
1.
Hijab Scene 7
No, I'm not bald under the scarf
No, I'm not from that country
where women can't drive cars
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2.
Holding Fatima In The Light
Her legs plump in tights under a dainty skirt
—little girls are such fun for mothers to dress—
she lies splayed on the floor,
a mass of red flesh and nerves spilling from her neck.
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3.
Quran, The Ways Of Ascent
Out in the blue infinitude
that reaches and touches us
sometimes, Hajar and Sarah
and Abraham work together
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4.
Little Mosque
In my little mosque
there is no room for me
to pray. I am
turned away faithfully
five
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My grandmother puts her feet in the sink
of the bathroom at Sears
to wash them in the ritual washing for prayer,
wudu,
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