The New Moon in Black Space: The Poetics of Ummah
This work examines how diasporic Black and South Asian Muslims in Toronto and New York practice ummah (Muslim brotherhood and sisterhood, global Muslim unity). Through online surveys, in-person interviews, and ethnographies of mosques, it becomes clear that the ummah illuminates interracial connections and collaborations. My work shows that interracial ummah is not in plain sight but, if read alongside Édouard Glissant’s “Poetics of Relation” and Khal Torabully’s “Coolitude,” it can be illuminated. In addition to qualitative research, this dissertation analyzes poetics (through hip hop and soca music), poetry, film, and the visual arts as well as conversations about carnival, Pride (Toronto), and cultural appropriation. I look to concepts such as Orientalism, coolitude, homonationalism, and indentured labour, to address Islam in relation to modernity, racial attachments, and spatial resistances. These different analytical sites and concepts allow me to theorize different practices of inclusion, exclusion, belonging, and unbelonging to think through the complexities of Caribbean (Black and South Asian) Muslim identifications; the focus on poetics, which is touched on throughout, shows how ummah exists as a form of sonic transnationalism. Ultimately, in highlighting diasporic, transnational, narrative (interview), and creative expressions of ummah, this project reconceptualizes the figure of the Muslim, moving it away from a problematic geographically fixed location toward a more robust, shifting, and relational category of belonging.
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