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The White Mosque (Part II)

Sofia Samatar
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Sofia Samatar

Fred Stella welcomes author Sofia Samatar back to Common Threads to continue the conversation on her book The White Mosque

Sofia Samatar returns to Common Threads to continue the discussion on her book, The White Mosque: A Silk Road Memoir.

In The White Mosque, Sofia traces the journey of a group of German-speaking Mennonites who fled Russia in the late 19th century for Muslim Central Asia, to a small Christian settlement inside the Khanate of Khiva. Named "The White Mosque" after the Mennonites’ whitewashed church, the village - a community of peace, prophecy, music and martyrs - lasted fifty years.

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories; the short story collection Tender; and Monster Portraits, a collaboration with her brother, the artist Del Samatar. Sofia holds a PhD in African languages and literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and she currently teaches African literature, Arabic literature in translation and speculative fiction at James Madison University.

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