I spent a lot of time in and around Austin, especially as a teenager. I would go to Austin for weekends, stay with friends, and explore being a restless young person who was, otherwise, bored and frustrated with life at home. South Congress Avenue was the edge of my universe.
Recitation is fundamental to the Quran’s reception. As in Judaism, the distance between the book and message is the voice of the reader reciting. Jews murmur their sacred texts to themselves, Muslims recite them to an audience.