Posted on Dec 05, 2019
By Layla Abdullah-Poulos
Books and writing are my things. I specialized in literary criticism as an undergrad. In graduate school, I focused my thesis on American Muslim literary and formed the NbA (native-born American) Muslims blog. I have been blessed to network with writers, scholars and publishers to highlight the spectrum of writing created by Muslims, feeding our dynamic culture.
Writing has a substantial impact on society. James Baldwin described the societal importance of literature and what motivates writers: “You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world.”
From newbies to experienced writers, I am always on the lookout for what Muslim authors present to the world. Alhamdulillah, every year there are fantastic new books by authors putting out some interesting stuff, especially Muslim women. For real. Muslim sisters are hitting those keyboards and not playing. Below are some that I’ve read and others that made it to my TBR (To Be Read) list. I have included the books’ Amazon blurbs, edited and adapted for publication.
Please note – these are books by Muslim women authors and not necessarily written about Muslim-oriented topics. Also, this list doesn’t even begin to cover everything published by Muslim women authors in 2019! Please add your favorite books written by Muslim women authors in the comments below!