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Taxonomy of Betrayal: Washes, Prays by Noor Naga

Noor Naga’s debut novel-in-verse, Washes, Prays, is a story of unrequited love and adultery. The protagonist, Coocoo is struggling to reconcile her love affair with a married man Mohammad while her best friend Nouf offers her companionship. The lovers’ predicaments are set to music by a familiar sensuality inherent in traditional Islamic love. Naga’s careful romanticism of Islamic sensuality is characteristic of contemporary Islamic poetry which can be interpreted as a radical reaction to rampant Islamophobia in the post 9/11 English speaking world.