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Sufi Poetry Book Reading: Love is a Traveller and We are its Path

We recently hosted poet and writer Medina Tenour Whiteman for a heart-opening and inspiring online reading from her poetry book “Love is a Traveller and We are its Path”. The conversation ranged from motherhood and creativity to the physicality of Muslim religious and spiritual practices. Watch the recording to listen to some of her heart-stirring and mind-stimulating verse. You can sign up for future free online poetry book reading events with Muslim poets here.

Love is a Traveller and We are its Path by Medina Tenour Whiteman

Love is a Traveller and We are its Path

“With Medina Whiteman's lively, metamorphosing voice, we have here finely detailed poetic stances on whatever attracts her and her pen, and her heart is here, and its centripetal ripples edge out to our own world and wash over it as if with our own sensibilities -- and it is a welcoming thing, a sweet and healing thing to know these enlightened trails.”
- Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore (Poet, Publisher)

"Love is a Traveller and We are Its Path is an astonishing, accomplished, heartbreakingly beautiful work. Ms. Whiteman writes as a girl, a woman, a mother, and a wide-eyed, reflective observer of her world -- as seeker, believer and sage. For her God is truly in the details. Each observation, whether earthy or supernal, is internalized and suffused with a piercing awareness of meaning, and a deep, abiding faith that shines through a world full of mundane and transcendent particulars.”
- Michael Sugich (author of: Signs on the Horizons)

Medina Tenour Whiteman

Medina Tenour Whiteman is a British-American Muslim writer, poet and singer based near Granada in Spain. She is the author of the poetry collection Love is a Traveller and We Are Its Path (Ecstatic Exchange, 2016), Huma’s Travel Guide to Islamic Spain (2016), and The Invisible Muslim: Journeys Through Whiteness and Islam (Hurst, 2020). Her work has appeared on BBC Radio, Critical Muslim, Sacred Footsteps, Amaliah, and other international platforms, as well as being anthologised in A Kaleidoscope of Stories by Lote Tree Press (2020), The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human (2024), and Meanderings: Art, Ecology and Metaphysic (2024). She is cofounder of the Muslim Writers' Salon and regularly holds creative writing workshops online and in person.