Saba Taj’s Interstellar Uber // Negotiations with God

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Saba Taj’s Interstellar Uber // Negotiations with God:

Queer Articulations in Contemporary Islamic Art

Sascha Crasnow


This talk introduces queer expressions in contemporary Islamic art through an analysis of Saba Taj’s multi-media kinetic sculpture Interstellar Uber // Negotiations with God. The work, which depicts al-Buraq, the human-headed steed upon which Muhammad rode during his Night Journey, does not have a gender. This, and its mobility between the earthly and spiritual realms, makes its liminal nature ripe for articulations of queer and non-binary Muslim artists. Through an incorporation of elements related to their Pakistani-Kashmiri, American, Muslim, and queer identities, Saba Taj articulates what I call their “intersectional liminality” through the sculpture. 


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Sascha Crasnow, “Saba Taj’s Interstellar Uber // Negotiations with God: Queer Articulations in Contemporary Islamic Art,” Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online, published 20 May 2021.

Sascha Crasnow (she/her) is Lecturer of Islamic Arts in the Residential College at the University of Michigan. She writes on global contemporary art practices, with a particular focus on SWANA (South West Asia and North Africa), race, socio-politics, gender, and sexuality. Her writing has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Visual Culture and Lateral. Her book project, The Age of Disillusionment: Palestinian Art After the Intifadas, is under review with Duke University Press.