This fifth issue of Islam in the City offered an outlet for reflections on a return after a period of change and instability. Through a theme of “homecoming”, how can one imagine a readjustment of their emotional routines? And how can the impact of the pause to normalcy be reconciled with the repetitiveness that makes each of us uniquely human? Most importantly, how does this return tie into the personal expressions of Islam in ones’ life and in the city? This issue explores this moment in time through various deeply personal reflections. From a story of finding self-love and spirituality in five parts to a commuter’s perspective on the pandemic and safety on the TTC, these stories, poems, and photographs give us a glimpse into the personal experiences of a city so united yet so solitary in its expression.
About the Design:
This magazine was designed by the talented Tahreem Alvi, a designer and content creator based in Toronto. Her personal design work explores storytelling and personal narratives with themes of diaspora, body, and religion—always hoping to touch others in the midst of understanding herself.
The inspiration behind the design of Homecoming lies in the fractured nature of the recent past and its impact on our recollection of these events. Through these moments, we aim to piece together a foundation of resilience through which we can move forward with strength and defiance of the world that awaits us. The colours of the magazine balance the somber yet exciting nature of our current moment as we prepare for the next chapter of our individual lives, and of Islam in the City.
We extend our gratitude to Canadian Muslim leader Hussein A. Hamdani for contributing a sizeable gift to MiCA. Hamdani’s vital support for MiCA reflects his long-standing interest in capturing the history of a marginalized community. Establishing an archive to preserve the rich history and legacies of Muslims in Canada requires resources. We welcome these generous […]
Hybrid Workshop Time: 2pm to 4pm Date: December 15, 2023 In-person Option: Register for In-person Event Here Virtual Option: Register for Virtual Event Here The next session is in the new year: January 25, 2024 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm Welcome to our monthly workshop on Contemporary Islamic Thought. The goal of this series is to explore the understudied reformist […]
Location: 170 St George Street, Jackman Humanities Building, Fifth Floor, Room 530 In-person Option: Register for In-person Event Here Virtual Option: Register for Virtual Event Here Time: 2 pm to 4 pm Date: Thursday, December 14th Welcome to our monthly workshop on Islamic law and imperialism. The goal of our workshop is to explore the […]