Sixteen Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is quiet for breakfast and prayers with one's family; of breaking the fast every day after nightfall in celebration and prayers with friends and strangers.
is a professor at the University of South Florida. She grew up in Kuwait.
is co-host of the Al Jazeera America TV show, “The Stream.” He’s a playwright, and a first-generation Pakistani-American.
emigrated from Russia to Dallas, Texas when she was eight years old. She grew up in the Russian Orthodox Church.
is Mexican-American, a lawyer, and a single mother. She lives in Seattle.
is a scholar of modern history with a focus on the Middle East. He has taught in the U.S., Turkey, and Spain.
is a PhD student in New York City studying Arabic and Comparative Literature.
is a program officer in the Education and Training Center/International at the United States Institute of Peace.
is a poet. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he and his wife are active Muslim members of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.
grew up in Istanbul and now lives and teaches elementary school in New York.
is a Pakistani-American living in suburban Chicago.
is a retired federal prosecutor and the father of 11 children. He lives in New York.
is a campaign communications specialist for the Service Employees International Union.
is an attorney specializing in labor and employment issues.
is a photographer living in Dallas, Texas.
lives in Dallas, Texas where she volunteers with the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation.
is a Mancunian who converted to Islam in 1993.