Please participate in this survey, and share your experience as a Muslim in a majority non-Muslim country. The surveys are anonymous, and no personal data will be collected. Jazakallah. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VYG6V8W Read more

Muslim fiction is a growing genre in American literature. Muslim women from diverse backgrounds are crafting an impressive body of work that deserves more attention.  I will be launching a series of video commentaries on novels written by native-born American Muslim women that I am reading as part of my research. Although I will focus on native-born African-American, Euro-American, and Latina-American Muslim women writers, I welcome all recommendations to read novels of American Muslim women of any background. The video… Read more

Euro-American Muslim writer Sahar Abdulaziz is an eclectic author with works in non-fiction and fiction.  Abdulaziz addresses a variety of social issues and does not shy away from exploring the most complex and often unsettling aspects of being human. Abdulaziz’s debut novel, As One Door Closes, is gaining a lot of attention from readers.  The novel follows a family whose tendrils of lies begin to unravel after the death of their dysfunctional patriarch. As One Door Closes was recently added… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Concepts about whiteness and non-whiteness in the United States results in the deracialization of white people and places them “over” members of the country’s diverse non-white races and ethnicities. (more…) Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Native-born American author Umm Zakiyyah is providing readers with access to one of her stories. This NbA Muslim woman writer uses her skills to craft stories that provide nuances to American Muslim cultural experiences.  There is a prevailing assumption that Islam and Muslims in the United States are exclusively foreign in origin. However, there is a large population of native-born American Muslims, who are producing cultural artifacts that demonstrate how they merge their Islamic faith with their American… Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos This Eid, Muslims from across the country arrived at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, NY to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan and reunite with family and childhood Muslim friends. The Eid Celebration and Reunion 2015 was organized by Nadira Abdul-Karim. Abdul-Karim and her team of volunteers ensured it was a day of fun and community for all by providing scrumptious food, bouncy houses, basketball tournaments, and face painting. (more…) Read more

Native-born American Muslims are a rich tapestry of races, ethnicities, and American cultures.  Consequently, the misconception that only Blacks are part of the NbA Muslim hybrid culture needs to be rectified.  Below is an article by  Choctaw Muslimah Ashleley Wolford  about her Ramadan journey this year.  She represents a small but important group in the Native-born American Muslims hybrid culture and demonstrates the heterogeneous nature of the Muslim American culture. A Very Indigenous Ramadan Originally written for Hindrospectives: My Mosque My Story (more…) Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Despite Black Muslims comprising over 25% of the American Muslim population, the continuing narrative about Muslims in the United States frames Islam as a religion exclusively for immigrants.  A Twitter campaign, #blackmuslimramadan, was recently launched to remind us of the rich Islamic cultural heritage in African-American communities.  Doctrinal candidate Donna Auston launched the hashtag to offer Black Muslims an opportunity to assert their distinct Islamic-American experiences.  On her Twitter page, Auston says, “Every year, news outlets do ‘Ramadan… Read more

While many non-Black Muslims have gained inspiration to combat racism from Malcolm X, the author of this article makes a valid point. There are quite a few non-Black Muslims who exploit Malcolm’s Muslim identity to assert a space in the broader society. They do this while ignoring the oppression experienced by their Black coreligionists stemming from centuries of systemic racism.  Below are some reflections posted about appropriation of Malcolm X from MARCMANLEY.COM: (more…) Read more

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos I was one of five Muslims chosen to participate in an Instagram project about Ramadan for Newsday.com. My primary goal is to post pictures that reflect the diverse backgrounds of Muslims.  Given the present narrative depicting Muslims as exclusively “foreign”, I find it especially important to display the array of Native-born American Muslims. Below is a link to an article about my participation in the SUNY Empire State College’ The Student Connection: Other News: Instagram Project about Ramadan… Read more

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