Author Archives: Ayan Kassim



Ayan Kassim

Ayan Kassim is a Masters student in the Department of Religion at the University of Toronto. When she isn't researching about the role religion and morals play in North American organ procurement policies, she is critically reflecting on her own Canadian-Somali identity, and the Somali diaspora in general.

The Ties that Bind, Pt. II
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The Ties that Bind, Pt. II

“So if a colored woman is raped and killed, why do the Days rape and kill a white woman? Why worry about the colored woman at all?” Guitar cocked his head and looked sideways at Milkman. His nostrils flared a little. “Because she’s mine.” – Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (p. 223). December 4th, 2014: I had the great pleasure of meeting Nuruddin Farah, an...

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26 Aug 2015
The Ties that Bind, Pt. I
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The Ties that Bind, Pt. I

June 28th, 2015: After an exhausting day at work, I plopped myself onto the leather couch in my living room, flipping on CP24—a fast-paced Torontonian news station that has become the choice ‘background noise’ channel at my house. A news story broke about the killing of two men in a condominium somewhere in downtown Toronto. The headline darted across the screen in caps: MAN WANTED IN DOUBLE...

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06 Aug 2015
A Brief Exploration of Somali Diasporic Identity
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A Brief Exploration of Somali Diasporic Identity

For all intents and purposes, this piece centres around an ostensibly un-Somali topic: coffee shops. I love coffee. I daydream about coffee. I audibly squeal with joy when I taste a perfectly brewed cup. I could spend the equivalent of full working days in cafés and roasteries, relishing in the (expected) moment of returning home to sniff the faint odours of coffee beans that have married...

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03 Jul 2015