The Top Muslim Women Milestones of the Decade

12. Muslim Women Authors Got to Write Our Own Stories

Correct me if I’m wrong, but this past decade it’s started to feel as though I’ve been more likely to wander into a bookstore and see a novel authored by a female Muslim novelist than ever before! It seems like authors such as Uzma Jalaluddin, Sabaa Tahir, Tahereh Mafi, and S.K. Ali are finally getting the recognition they deserve. This is amazing for a multitude of reasons! Not only does this provide other female Muslim authors a roadmap to break into the business, but now we also have Muslim women popularizing our narratives in our own voices and cultural context, not filtered through the lens of someone who may not truly understand our motivators and culture.

—As told by Manal Moazzam