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Margari Hill

My writing and activism come out of my experience as a Black American Muslim woman   Who are you? My name is Margari Hill and many of my Muslim friends where I grew up in California know me by Aziza, the Arabic name I chose for myself. I became Muslim over 20…

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Deonna Kelli Sayed

 I am an American, a Muslim, and a writer.   Who are you? My name is Deonna Kelli Sayed.  I am an American, a Muslim, and a writer. I was born in the rural South back when the cows roamed about and grandmas stood on back porches to holler for…

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Nadiah Mohajir

I…work to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health issues in the Muslim community… Who are you? I have multiple identities, and because I am in a constant state of multitasking, you will often see me embodying more than one identity at a time. I am a Muslim American. I am…

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Normal Calm: A Novel

When I first began writing a story whose protagonist was the victim of date rape, my intention was to clarify that any social stigmas attached to such a woman are unjust and outlandish. In my naivety, I thought that these stigmas only existed in conservative cultures where marriage within the…

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Zahra Noorbakhsh

Spiritually, I am still very much Muslim and I invite others to establish their own definitions as well. The more complicated it gets, the more we break the monolith.   Who are you? I am a Muslim Feminist Iranian-American comedian. I love introducing myself that way on stage. Everyone in…

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Melody Moezzi

[I] consider myself 100 percent Iranian and 100 percent American.   Who are you? I was born in Chicago in 1979. My parents, both Iranian, told me recently that they came to the US intentionally so that both my sister and I would be American citizens. Yes, I’m an anchor…

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Ramadan memories

I remember as a little girl, learning the meaning of Ramadan from my parents. The month that the Qur’an was revealed…the idea of the month enthralled me. “Every day was Ramadan.” My mother said this and she and my father laughed…but I know they were speaking the truth.

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Muslim Men: Please shut up about women!

A recent Pew Research Center study indicated how “people” in various Muslim countries “prefer” Muslim women to dress. The results are varied from fully veiled dress to no veil at all. There seems to be no turning away from public interest in Muslim women and the flurry of commentaries from public intellectuals has begun. Beyond the polemics of discussions on Muslim women, I’m interested to interrogate the notion of “preference” in this matter and ask, “Who are these ‘people’?”

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