literature

NaNoWriMo Muslims – A Powerful Voice

In late July, the mother of slain U.S. Capt. Humayun Khan stood supportively behind her husband as they gave their joint statement at the Democratic National Convention. It was arguably the most impactful speech at the gathering. However, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News just after the…

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The healing power of poetry

“I’m writing as if God put this pen and paper In my hand Opening my mind to words I can’t even understand”   Hawa Fuesini’s poetry collection, “Nabila’s Garden: Love, Loss, Heartbreak and Redemption” reflects upon the journey of a sixteen year old Nigerian immigrant living in New York City. Instead of…

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Princeton & altM’s Panel on Literary Arts, Spirituality, and Representation

Princeton Muslim Life & altMuslimah celebrate International Women’s Day princeton.edu/muslimlife Introductions Imam Sohaib Sultan, Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University, Princeton Muslim Life Program Asma Uddin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of altMuslimah.com Literary Arts, Spirituality, & Representation Nafees Syed, Recent Yale Law School graduate, writer, and essayist for I Speak For Myself:…

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The Power of Story

I remember the first, bonafide adult books I read: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card and I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. They changed me irreparably and began a lifelong addiction to science fiction. Kurt Vonnegut helped me understand the trauma of war and apocalypse. Octavia Butler showed me the racial…

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My first time with Salman Rushdie

I attended a Salman Rushdie lecture with a made-up mind about him, hoping that he’d be able to somehow prove me wrong despite all that I had read. And during the lecture itself, he grew on me. He was quick, charming, and eloquent. But I left feeling completely to the contrary, completely disappointed with Salman Rushdie. Not as a writer, talented as he may be, but as a person.

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