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Zikr

by Saaleha Idrees Bamjee

To be resolute in faith – in God, in oneself – in times of grief and disappointment. To unapologetically assert one’s woman- and personhood in a society that attempts to devalue both. To seek hidden parts of yourself, both new and forgotten, through the memories and words of other people.

In Zikr’s beguilingly measured and covertly powerful poems, Saaleha Idrees Bamjee achieves these often difficult tasks. In doing so, Bamjee introduces new idioms and understandings of Muslim identity to South African poetry – yet not through manifesto, nor outright polemic. This is a collection of fine metaphors, concrete turns of phrase, and a refreshing specificity of image, place, and self.

ISBN 9780620803250 | 56 pages | 203 x 133 | 2018 | uHlanga Press, South Africa | Paperback

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