Meet the American Muslim women writers who are
"Living Islam Out Loud"
Saturday 12th April 2008 at 5.30pm - 7.30pm
An informal event to meet the writers who are on a visit from America
and a chance for them to meet you before they leave UK.
Come along to meet these extradordinary American
muslim women who are "Living Islam Out Loud"
who are willing to share honestly their experiences that have shaped
their lives. These women have always identified themselves as both
American and Muslim. These women are forging their own paths and
in the aggregate are creating an American Muslim identity.
"Living Islam Out Loud" is an inspiring series of stories
by American Muslim women writing about identity, spirituality, relationships,
activism, sex and sexuality, hijab and more. While they disagree
on much, they share the desire for authentic sisterhood and self-determination
for themselves and for all Muslim women.
Each woman, in a first person, intimate account, reveals her passage
to becoming an American Muslim woman. The contributors are sisters,
mothers, wives and daughters. Some are professionals and others
are students. Some trace their ancestry to distant Africa, others
to India, one to Palestine -by way of Brooklyn and another to Panama-
but all claim American roots. These women live on the West Coast,
the Northeast, Middle America and the Mid Atlantic and even the
deep South. They claim the complete spectrum of Islam including
the Sunni and Shia traditions and the legacy of the Nation of Islam.
When: Saturday 12th April 2008 at 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Where: St Ethelburga's, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
Refreshments will be provided.
Directions: 5 minutes walk from Bank
and Liverpool Street stations.
Everyone is welcome to join. No need to RSPV just come along!
Any enquiries / to confirm: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out their website for more information: www.livingislamoutloud.com
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ISLAM OUT LOUD: BIOGRAPHIES
Sham-e-Ali Al-Jamil is a poet and
writer. Her work has appeared in SALT Journal SAMAR, Roots &
Culture Magazine, and Mizna and can be found in anthologies such
as Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out. and "Shout
Out: Women of Color respond to Violence. She is also a lawyer who
has worked on the welfare rights of survivors of intimate-partner
Saleemah Abdul Ghafur is the editor
and originator of Living Islam Out Loud, and a leader in the national
movement to end gender discrimination in the American Muslim community.
Currently consulting for Malaria No More, she also consults on a
variety of interfaith and volunteer initiatives, as well as writing
for Azizah magazine (the first lifestyle magazine for Muslim women
in North America). She is on the board of the Progressive Muslim
Union and is affiliated with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and also
serves on the Atlanta Women's Foundation's Faith, Feminism and Philanthropy
Samina Ali is a write whose debut
novel, Madras On Rainy Days was awarded the Prix Premier Roman Etranger
2005 Award (Best First Novel in Translation of the Year) by France
and was also chosen as the finalist for both the PEN/Hemingway Award
in Fiction as well as the California Book Reviewers Award. She is
the recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation award for fiction and
has written for such publications as Self, Child, the New York Times
and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Aroosha Roq Zana works for the US
Foreign Service, and has worked in Colombia, the Dominican Republic,
Pakistan and India and speaks Spanish, Urdu, and Hindi. Besides
her passion for international work, Aroosha has lived and worked
in Brooklyn, New York as a holistic educator with El Puente, a community-based
arts and activism organization, and a performer with We Got Issues,
a women's arts collective.
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