These days, there is no shortage in news coverage, stories, narratives, stereotypes, and caricatures about Muslims. They are archetypes in movies, one-dimensional characters in books, and exotic subjects of inquiry and scrutiny in academia. The key word in all of this is “about.” Very rarely do we hear stories “from,” “for,” or “by” Muslims.
The space for Muslims to reclaim their own narratives and shape the (increasingly loud) public conversation surrounding their communities is slowly expanding, however. Creative writing is an important part of this reclamation. Muslims are increasingly using fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in between to share themselves with one another, their communities, and the rest of the world. Earlier this year, Muftah published an article exploring the burgeoning Muslim literary movement in America, which boasts everything from award-winning Muslim novelists to open mic nights and conferences for young emerging writers.
To celebrate this new and growing phenomenon, Muftah has put together a collection of creative pieces by self-identified Muslim writers living in North America. The pieces featured here range from personal reflections on family and womanhood to commentary on the social impact of religious rulings to a poem mourning civil strife and loss of life in Syria. They are but a small sampling of the tremendous talent and diversity within the Muslim community world wide.
We encourage you to share your thoughts and reactions to these pieces on the site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Engage with the authors, ask questions, and share your own perspectives. We look forward to continuing the conversation and providing a platform for powerful, creative voices that refuse to be marginalized.
By Noor Naga
By Daniel Hefty
By Mirzya Syed
By Dahlia Eissa
By Aafia Syed