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Khayalami by Ruqayyah K Muhammad
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Home is where the heart is... After a decade spent as an expat from the USA living in the "New South Africa," Ruqayyah K. Muhammad has come to intimately understand that phrase. With a voice vividly coloured by her unique perspective as an African-American Muslim woman, she reflects on the life she left behind and the one she has managed to build in her beautiful, ugly, inspiring, maddening, complicated new home. Through a creative mix of poetry, essays, letters, songs, and fanciful vignettes written over a span of more than ten years in South Africa, Khayalami explores a variety of topics--from love to loss, from pregnancy to politics, from creating community to cultivating knowledge of self. With warmth, insight, and honesty, Ruqayyah invites you into her home and into the inner recesses of her heart. Ruqayyah K. Muhammad is an African-American Muslim wife, mother, and writer who has resided in South Africa since 2004. She lives in Dawn Park (a suburb of Johannesburg) with her husband and their three children. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Muslim Journal, Azizah Magazine, The Flood, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Khayalami is her first book.

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Ruqayyah was born in the early eighties in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., the youngest of eight children of Gloria Zarinah Saleem and the late Dr. Abdul Baaqee Wilson Muhammad. She considers herself uniquely favoured to have been born into a family that fostered God-consciousness, self-knowledge, curiosity, service, and love. After an idyllic childhood spent on the U.S. Marine Corps base in Camp Lejune, North Carolina and in the small town of Andalusia, Alabama, Ruqayyah settled with her family in Atlanta, Georgia where she matriculated at the African-American Muslim-run Mohammed School System and then attended the all-woman HBCU Spelman College, majoring in Political Science. While in Atlanta, she was an active member of the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam. She is forever grateful to each of these institutions for providing such unique safe spaces for the gathering of the extraordinary individuals she was blessed to know and love. During a semester studying-abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she fell deeply and irrevocably in love with her now-husband Muhammad Milanzi. Following her college graduation, in 2004 she returned to South Africa to wed and live permanently. She and Muhammad live in Dawn Park, a small town near Johannesburg, with their three children Amatur-Rahman, Muhammad Al-Hasan and Faatimah Zahra. Ruqayyah calls herself a "full-time wife and mother" although she fears the phrase fails truly convey the beautiful madness of her day-to-day life. Along with her husband, his extended family, and a close-knit community, she is working to establish a model Islamic community. Ruqayyah is also a free-lance writer whose work has appeared in such publications as The Muslim Journal, Azizah Magazine, The Flood, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution. Her deep desire and passionate prayer is to stand powerfully in her truth, share light in dark places, and inspire others to do the same.
Release date Australia
June 14th, 2018
Khayalami: My Home
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