If you’ve read a few articles on this site, you’re already familiar with the drums we keep banging:
- Like Paul, followers of Jesus are called to humbly enter new communities.
- We should do this with the heart of a learner – “backing in” to a new conversation rather than barging in. Listening before giving out answers.
- Though we are free, we place ourselves under certain limits to win some. To speak their language. In the process, we ourselves will also change.
The following are a few Muslim women who regularly show me a new perspective, make me think, and often make me laugh. Another great side-effect of broadening your social media world is that you’ll get introduced to their circle as well. People you’d never have met, perspectives you’d never have heard otherwise.
I encourage you to enter their world, and in doing so, broaden yours.
Web comics on the Muslim-American woman’s experience: YesI’mHotInThis
Huda takes a lighthearted (and often subtly pointed) approach to life as a hijabi living in Texas. Her first book, hilariously titled “Born to Be Hot,” comes out soon. Connect via her website, or get her regular cartoons on Instagram.
Deep ponderings: Elif Şafak
Novelist Elif Şafak writes compellingly in both English and Turkish from her home in England. Her position as both insider to Turkish culture and outsider (her books have been banned in Turkey) makes for fascinating reading. Şafak is best known for her books but writes across genres with agility. Check out her recent article in the Financial Times: We are ready for change. But men are not. and her article at Real Simple magazine, Why You’ll Never Catch Me in Colorful Clothing. Also, her tweets are regularly worthy of all the flame emojis.
Political commentary, fashion and lifestyle: MuslimGirl
“MuslimGirl was launched from the bedroom of a high school girl that was fed up with the misleading misconceptions surrounding Islam — the way the news coverage and media outlets kept skewing the image of Muslims into a nasty one; the mistrust, racism, and flat-out hatred that the inaccuracies flamed; the muting of young Muslim voices from mainstream society; and the resulting disillusionment that young Muslims suffer about their religion in the tornado of it all. We at MuslimGirl are taking back the narrative.”
Daily life, deep thoughts: Confessions of a Muslim Mom
There are so many more people to learn from, but I hope this starts you on a great journey.