When They Give Their Word, Their Word is Bond

Maryam Kashani (Director)

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products


A bucolic garden in San Francisco, a small mosque in North Oakland, and storefront windows in San Francisco’s Tenderloin are brought together to bring “The Word” to the street. Imam Zaid Shakir is a local African American Muslim scholar who founded the Lighthouse Mosque in North Oakland and is co-founder of Zaytuna College in Berkeley, California. Kashani brings two “performances” together, one a staged portrait where he recites, translates, and provides commentary on his favorite verse in the Qur’an and the second a recording of his khutba (sermon) at the Friday afternoon congregational prayer at the Lighthouse Mosque in Oakland. The Tenderloin is well known amongst Bay Area Muslim populations for its mosques, halal restaurants, markets, and its Arab populations, as well as for its liquor stores, sex work, and drug trade. Recalling the tradition of the street preacher, When They Give Their Word… mediates a space of the social and the devotional, the spiritual and the practical, and the aspirations of an Islamic future and the realities of Muslim everyday life.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Media of outputFilm
StatePublished - 2012
EventEthnographic Terminalia: Audible Observatories - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Nov 1 2012Nov 30 2012


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