In response to non-Muslims being mystified by the purpose of watering cans in mosque bathroom stalls, the photographer probes into the commanding Qur’an or Hadith rules that govern the use of the cans and other objects which evoke differing meanings for American Muslims and non-Muslims. From flip–flops to yoga mats to water bottles to tool boxes, everyday American objects come to inhabit sacred spaces when repurposed, reclaimed for the sake of Shari’a.
The Path to Water: Shari’a revisioned
Mustafa Rony Zeno is a filmmaker, photographer, cultural anthropologist, and educator reared in Syria and living in his birthplace, Los Angeles. His work focuses on fringes and the spaces between culture, and in religion.
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Mustafa Rony Zeno; The Path to Water: Shari’a revisioned. Boom 1 December 2015; 5 (4): 100–103. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.4.100
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