This American Muslim welcomes submissions for a new collection of writings to be published into an anthology. Personal narratives, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and other creative forms of writing are welcomed.
In response to the mainstream narrative of violence, destruction, and isolation, tell YOUR story – What does it mean to be American and Muslim? Consider telling a story about an experience – a travel or work experience, an experience during your childhood, or about something your grandparent(s) said that inspired you. Or you might explore the long hours of feeling out of place, a longing to return to another country, or an experience walking along the streets of New York City post 9/11, finding true love, marriage, or burying the dead—whatever it may be! Within these experiences, try to focus on a particular moment – how did you feel, what did you see, what were you thinking?
Submission must be typed (a minimum of 1 page, a maximum of 10 pages), and written in English. Multiple submissions are welcomed. Before you begin the writing process, please email ([email protected]) the editors with one-paragraph (approximately 250 words) describing the subject, ideas and/or scope of your piece, and what you hope to convey through your writing. The editors will provide feedback to help flush out ideas and advise you through the writing process. Dr. Yalda Asmatey is an Afghan-American Muslim woman who was born in Afghanistan and raised in California. Her professional background is in anthropology and public health with a PhD in anthropology from UC Berkeley. She currently balances her time between being a mother of two children and teaching at Oregon State University. She co-edited (along with Tamim Ansary) Snapshots: This Afghan-American Life (2008). Snapshots is a collection of personal narratives and poems by fifteen Afghan-American writers from the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of California. The first collection of its kind, this book gives a subtle glimpse of a new immigrant community through the eyes of its first American generation.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder and Professor of Islamic law and theology at Zaytuna College and a senior lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is also founder of the Berkeley Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslim. He has also launched the Islamophobia Studies Journal. A leader scholar in the field of Muslims in America, Hatem continues to lecture on this topic throughout the country.