January 1, 2019

NbA Muslims Muslims are out there producing some fantastic writing in fiction and nonfiction. Authors, contributors, bloggers and academics continue to assert powerful voices in popular culture, and they have their eyes on 2019. We asked Muslim writers and authors across genres and backgrounds to share their 2019 Writing Goals. Sakeena Rasheed Founder – Muslim Writers and Publishers   My writing goals for the new year: In 2017 I participated in NANOWRIMO. I wrote over 30K words in 30 days…. Read more

December 29, 2018

NbA Muslims Tariq El-Amin of Radio Islam and Layla Abdullah-Poulos spent 2018 engaged in vibrant discussions about books by Muslim authors in an expanding canon of literature as well as in-depth talks about prevailing social issues. Tariq invited Layla to talk about the hashtag #BlackMuslimReads highlighting the works of Black Muslim authors across genres during Black History Month. The hashtag went viral, and NbA Muslims hosted a Twitter Chat with authors. The Radio Islam host then invited the NbA Muslims… Read more

December 23, 2018

NbA Muslims Staff Managing editor, Layla Abdullah-Poulos joined Radio Islam host Tariq ElAmin to talk about the book The Heart of Aleppo: A Story of the Syrian Civil War by Ammar Habib. Habib uses fiction to tell a story about some of the hardships and dangers children face when forced to survive in their war-torn city.   Amazon Book Blurb: Once just a normal boy, 13-year-old Zaid Kadir is now caught in the crossfires of the Syrian Civil War! After standing for… Read more

December 22, 2018

By Layla Abdullah-Poulos Christmas has an unavoidable presence in the Ameican Muslim experience. The holiday season encapsulating it infuses every facet of society, and Muslims recieve various requests to participate in celebrations. Every year, Muslims decide in what ways the will be a part of Christmas festivities for varying reasons.  I recently read a post by lawyer Joe Milburn about attending Christmas Mass with his parents and was intrigued. I asked him to share his reasons for attending the ceremony,… Read more

December 16, 2018

Review by Layla Abdullah-Poulos BRITISH MUSLIMS By Philip Lewis and Sadek Hamid $7.41, pp. 252, Paperback & Kindle The tendency for majority societies to overgeneralize and ignore the multifaceted nature of the Muslim minority cultures within them contributes to prevailing stereotypes that feed discrimination and hate. Aversions to appreciating the many distinct Muslim cultural identities require written works that resist both external and internalized antipathy. In British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Activism, Philip Lewis and Sadek Hamid present some of… Read more

December 14, 2018

Layla Abdullah-Poulos One-dimensional stories about and depictions of American Muslims saturate the media, ignoring the richness of the culture. Black Muslim women are at the forefront of creating various forms of media to subvert prevailing misconceptions about the complex composition of Muslims in America and venture into further controlling our cultural narratives. Unfortunately, the talents of Black Muslim women creatives is largely ignored inside and outside of Muslim culture in favor of cultural productions that promote American Muslim phenotypes and tenacious anti-Blackness… Read more

December 3, 2018

Original Post: SUNY Empire State College Exchange Alumna and Adjunct Layla Abdullah-Poulos Publishes Multiple Manuscripts Highlighting Muslim Fiction Date: 11/29/2018 11:00am Note: Since the publication of this post, Layla’s novel, My Way to You premiered in five Amazon best sellers lists on the weekend of its release. The Journal of Popular Romance Studies has published a peer-reviewed article, “The Stable Muslim Love Triangle – Triangular Desire in African American Muslim Romance Fiction,” by alumna and adjunct Mentor Layla Abdullah-Poulos. The link to the article is http://jprstudies.org/2018/11/the-stable-muslim-love-triangle-triangular-desire-in-african-american-muslim-romance-fictionby-layla-abdullah-poulos/(link… Read more

November 19, 2018

A play rendition of the bestselling book Bashirah and The Amazing Bean Pie by Ameenah Muhammad-Diggins is under production. The book featuring African American Muslim character, Bashirah as she prepares for ‘Eid with her family, highlights an American Muslim social group with the longest history in the country. African American Muslims have a deep heritage extending from enslaved Africans. They were also fundamental in establishing Islam as an American religion. The Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia launched a casting call to bring Bashirah… Read more

November 12, 2018

Original Post: Digital Journal PRESS RELEASE Lyndell Williams is stoking some more flames of romance as usual with the launch of her new novel, ‘My Way to You’. This time, Lyndell tackles the theme of irresistible attraction between a pro-Black social justice writer and a successful Asian lawyer, and how love gets stronger as distances grow smaller. Will the world step in and tear them apart? Lawyer Simon Young has an eye for his best friend’s sister Regina, a social… Read more

November 3, 2018

By NbA Muslims Staff Tariq El-Amin and Layla Abdullah-Poulos’s recent Radio Islam interview focused on the first all-Muslim panel at the 2018 New York City Comic Con. One of the largest cultural convenings in the world, the panel—moderated by Shamika Mitchel, Ph.D.—featured Muslim creatives sharing their works and experiences with the audience. Abdullah-Poulos joined the panel as a cultural critic to talk about Muslim creativity as well as the merging of faith with artistry and societal challenges many Muslim artists… Read more

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