RaveQuill & Quire (CAN)... a fascinating exploration of the many manifestations of Islam across cultures, traditions, communities, and political lines ... Mouallem’s search takes an intersectional approach to faith, and he draws from personal experience (both his own and his hosts’) to pose difficult and profound questions that don’t have simple answers. Grappling with his own relationship to Islam throughout his reflections and journeys, Mouallem is unafraid to voice doubt ... It is in these penetrating questions – and the honesty and vulnerability they reveal – that Mouallem demonstrates why he is an award-winning writer. Leaning into the discomfort of holding more than one space at one time, Mouallem deepens his investigation of faith to reflect its complexity ... Mouallem also speaks to the anti-Blackness within the ummah – the larger Muslim body – and the history of Islam, willing to pierce through his own privilege to grow into deeper understanding ... Mouallem is masterful in his ability to both embrace what he loves and interrogate the faith he was born into. It takes a gift of discernment to define and redefine what it means to be a Muslim without romanticizing its problems or giving Islamophobes more fodder. Mouallem walks this thin line with grace and candour ... Mouallem consciously and courageously resists a monolithic approach to a faith tradition that is too often relegated to headlines and media stereotypes in the Americas. It’s a refreshing read that shines light on the humanity of Islam through the words, reflections, and lives of its practitioners.