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Did you know that there is a U.S. based organization of Muslim women writers? The Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) was established in 2006 by Aishah Schwartz and is an internationally-based collaboration of Muslim women writers and advocates working together to counter negative and inaccurate perceptions regarding members of the Muslim community and the Islamic faith. Aishah Schwartz, an American Muslim revert to Islam since April 2002, is the founder and director of the Washington, D.C.-based organization and is a retired 17-year career litigation legal assistant. Ms. Schwartz is also a published freelance non-fiction writer and photojournalist whose aim is to counter misconceptions regarding the Islamic faith and members of the Muslim community.
Members of MWA have sustained blogs, published books and articles, and have produced magazines both here in the U.S. and abroad. Although writing is very much a solitary endeavor, it’s nice to have the support and helpful eye of fellow writers, and the Muslimah Writers Alliance provides not only a professional resource, but spiritual and moral support as well.
We will feature MWA publications and projects periodically here on the Mindworks Publishing Blog for sharing the voices of some of these exceptional women with you and it is my hope that you will be inspired and informed by their work. Several MWA members have written poetry that has been published in The Muslimah Speaks: Her Voice, Her Spirit from Mindworks Publishing, and MWA members have recently published Islamic fiction books.
Titles like Normal Calm by MWA member Hend Hegazi and Khadijah’s Got Her Groove by MWA’s F.A. Ibrahim are two Islamic fiction books that have been published and I’m excited about the potential of this burgeoning genre. The positive impact that such books can have as narratives about the experiences and emotional changes of Muslim women is seemingly endless, and the fact that they are written by Muslim women makes me even more hopeful that we as Muslimahs can take over and re-write the stories that represent us.
Stay tuned for more about Muslim women writers and the Muslimah Writers Alliance!
You can view MWA member titles on Shelfari and follow the MWA blog on blogspot. Also, visit MWA on facebook to stay up to date on new writing from MWA members, for information about writing opportunities and writing resources, and if you are a Muslimah, you are welcome to submit a request to join their closed group.