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West Bank Story

Amina stared at the building. As she crested the hill on her walk into town, the sight of it had stopped her hundreds of yards short of her destination. The young Muslim woman reached into the cloth bag slung over her shoulder and pulled out a bottle of water, sipped…
Jarrett Johnston
January 28, 2021
Journal

The Muslim Woman at the Well

“Get out of my house and never come back!" Mustafa slammed his fist on the table, catapulting a fork onto the floor. Standing up, he grabbed Sunni by the back of her burqa, hauled her to the open back door, and shoved her across the threshold so hard that she…
Jarrett Johnston
January 28, 2021
Journal

A Veiled Woman and a Single Man

So why would Kamal brave this Friday free-for-all? Only the most urgent of necessities ever compelled him to attend, and even then, he avoided the central market area by using one of the less-thriving entryways. But this particular Friday, he went because God told him to go. He knew with…
Jarrett Johnston
January 28, 2021
Journal

The ISIS Recruit from Iraq

The sweltering horde scuttled like a monstrous ant colony into Friday prayers at the Great Mosque in Mosul, Iraq. It was the first week of Ramadan, 2014—the day the new caliph would make his appearance, and a fledgling era would begin. Faisal and Medo fought the crushing crowds in the…
Jarrett Johnston
January 28, 2021