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#MuslimWomenWrite Tackles Representation, Diversity & the Truth

#MuslimWomenWrite Tackles Representation, Diversity & the Truth

On Thursday, May 4, PEN America hosted a live Twitter chat with three Muslim-American women writers—most notably Marvel comics editor and Ms. Marvel co-creator Sana Amanat and Dr. Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, activist and author of the book “Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United States.” Using the hashtag #MuslimWomenWrite, the discussion touched on many of the heavy-hitting issues that Muslim female authors face in the literary world. Here’s a roundup of some of the best tweets:

1. Marvel Comics editor Sana Amanat’s take on how her identity as a Muslim-American influences her storytelling.

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2. This tweet that shows how much we need diverse stories and novels by Muslims, for Muslims.

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3. And this tweet that reminds us that we have yet to achieve the aforementioned diversity in the literary world.

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4. This unfortunate truth.

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5. Author Su’ad Abdul Khabeer’s take on what we need from Muslim women writers.

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6. Muslim women need to write complex stories that represent real experiences.

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7. This struggle that all Muslim women writers face.

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8. This bad habit that we need to break as writers.

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9. And this important reminder from our very own Maysoon Khatib.

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10. Dr. Abdul Khabeer’s message to editors and publishing companies.

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11. Again. Diversity. Diversity. DIVERSITY.

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