January 5, 2018

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Polygyny (Polygamy) remains a contentious marital option in Muslims cultures globally. There is a spectrum of cultural contextual practices and notions about the institution. Muslims either are staunch proponents, vehement detractors or somewhere in between when it comes to how many women one man marries. Debra Majeed notes in her book Polygyny:  What it Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands[1] the presence of an expanse of often dualistic works that “strongly affirm and advocate”… Read more

December 29, 2017

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Yeah, blogs are my thing. Not only do I write one, I am voracious about reading as many as I possibly can because they offer a range of perspectives on a variety of issues. Blogs represent diversity in thought and perspective. Unlike mainstream media and transitional blogs with just as facetious and ostensibly “objective” facts and positions, a savvy blogger comes with their admittedly-subjective take on things, often with an unabashed attitude, which I love. Like any reader,… Read more

December 20, 2017

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Art comprises a vast spectrum of ways to relay an array of expressions of creators from various socio-cultural backgrounds and standpoints. Additionally, there is the constant potential for subjective interpretations that may or may not jibe with the intent of the artist. Consequently, art in all its forms is extremely subjective, something with which artists must always contend, especially when venturing into the sphere of social commentary. When artists reach outside of their individual experiences and extend… Read more

December 18, 2017

Umm Juwayriyah is a popular NbA Muslim urban fiction author. In addition to her online blog series, and children’s books, she’s written the novels The Size of a Mustard Seed and Tried and Tested, her latest book about life in an African American Muslim community. Layla Abdullah-Poulos interviewed Umm Juwayriyah about her new book, abusive relationships, young Muslims, and African American Muslim experiences. Complexity of Abusive Relationships Abdullah-Poulos and Umm Juwayriyah talked about the complexity of abusive relationships, wherein victims are frequently torn between… Read more

December 16, 2017

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Ah, “hot takes.” Those up-to-date responses to an event that hit the news and social media every day like hail on a newly-waxed car. For some bizarre reason, when something happens – somewhere, it becomes necessary for everybody and their mama to comment on it as quickly as possible, which would be fine if things happened in neatly encapsulated bubbles of reality, which they don’t. Instead, life on this planet is a big blue bunch of messy… Read more

December 3, 2017

Layla Abdullah-Poulos had the opportunity to talk with Islamic scholar Ahmad Mubarak about his book Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims, which he co-authored with Dawud Walid. The book highlights Black Islamic history, a part of the faith’s rich heritage often ignored. During the interview, Abdullah-Poulos and Mubarak discussed a number of issues reflecting Black Muslims experiences as well as those affecting the ummah. Arabness and Blackness Mubarak explains the history of Islamic scholarship addressing… Read more

November 14, 2017

  By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Once again, news of another violation of a Muslim female’s person hits the internet, demonstrating the broader society’s tenacious discomfort with our existence as well as assumptions about the multifaceted significance of modesty in American Muslim culture. Instances of such breaches also typically produce short-lived conversations inside Muslim communities, with very little attention paid to Muslim women. Normally, there is a litany of non-Muslims apologizing for or justifying the unacceptable behavior of the aggressors as well as Muslim male… Read more

November 12, 2017

Article by Layla Abdullah-Poulos with US Muslim women reactions to the assault of a Muslim student by her teacher. Original Source: About Islam NEW YORK – A video of a Muslim student having her hijab removed by a teacher went viral on the internet and resulted in the teacher’s suspension. The video shows the teacher removing the hijab and then inviting others in the classroom to fondle the student’s hair. The incident took place at The New Vision Academy in Nashville, TN. The… Read more

November 10, 2017

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos NbA Muslim Hip-hop artist Alia Sharrief dropped her new video “Pose for the Picture” on YouTube, addressing the disturbing trend of activism for the sake of optics in social justice. A remix of Lil Uzi Vert’s song “XO Tour LIif3,” Sharrief infuses her usual social commentary and lyrical style to broach the question “Why you pose for the picture” while having little to no tangible vestment in subjugation struggles and remaining complacent about the deaths of those subject… Read more

September 21, 2017

The NbA Muslims Authors Speaks interview series returned with an exciting conversation between Islamic erotologist and historian Habeeb Akande and managing editor Layla Abdullah-Poulos. They discussed an array of thought-provoking issues about sex, sensuality and faith as well as problems and dysfunctions stemming from modern Muslims’ cultural aversion to thinking of sex as an Islamic endeavor. Enjoy these recap clips of their stimulating conversation. Reviving Islamic Erotology Layla and Habeeb talk about the disappearance of Islamic erotology as a science…. Read more

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