By the time you read this, #RamadanReadathon will already be over in many parts of the world. As the month draws to an end, it’s time to reflect on how successful it’s been, discuss what lies ahead, and to catch up on anything you may have missed.
From the readathon, to blog posts, author interviews, giveaways and Twitter chats, it’s been such a busy month at Ramadan Readathon HQ but it has most definitely paid off. Zoya and I can’t thank everyone enough for your support of this initiative – fellow bloggers, authors and publishers – and although this was originally a one-off event, it’s clear now that we are only just beginning. I’m really looking forward to what lies ahead in terms of this readathon, as well as branching out and finding other ways we can support Muslim voices in the wake of widespread Islamophobia.Read More »
Coming off #RamadanReadathon, I’ve learned two things:
Reading is hard when you’re hungry.
There is a lot more Muslim representation in YA fiction than there is in any other genre.
Technically, that second one isn’t something I’ve only just realized. It’s a spidey sense I’ve had over the past year as I’ve made more of an effort to discover and follow Muslim authors and Muslim narratives.Read More »
Ramadan means something different to everyone. For me, it’s a surreal month. I love the opportunity to be able to feel closer to my faith. On the other hand, I was a little nervous about how I was going to cope. Summer fasts are long, and the days can be very warm (although, this is Britain.)
Ramadan has also made me realise that most of my friendships are based on food. In fact, most of my day-to-day activities work around cooking, baking, planning cakes for special occasions – it’s all about the food.Read More »
Eid-ul-Fitr is the Muslim celebration that marks the end of the month of Ramadan. On this day, Muslims offer a special prayer, wear new clothes and visit their friends and families. One of the customs, like other religious celebrations, although not obligatory, is the exchange of gifts between relatives and neighbours. This is usually in the form of money but may include other appropriate items such as clothes, or even books since the pursuit of knowledge is highly valued in Islam.Read More »
This is the last interview on my blog for #RamadanReadathon and I’m actually really excited to introduce Yasmin Rahman as today’s guest author. Her short story Fortune Favours the Bold will be included in an upcoming anthology, published by Stripes this August. Keep reading to find out about their awesome initiative to support BAME writers in UK YA.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yasmin Rahman is a British Muslim born and raised in Hertfordshire. She has a First Class MA in Creative Writing and is currently completing an MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. In her spare time, she makes fan art for her favourite books. Her designs are currently being sold worldwide by bestselling author John Green. Yasmin also co-founded and edits Scrittura, an online literary magazine. She is currently working on a novel exploring mental illness within the Muslim community. You can follow her on Twitter @YasminwithanE.Read More »
Part of the #RamadanReadathon initiative is to spotlight new and upcoming releases from both debut and established authors. I’m so excited to introduce S. K. Ali as today’s guest author, and celebrate the release of her debut novel Saints and Misfits!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
S. K. Ali is a teacher based in Toronto whose writing on Muslim culture and life has appeared in the Toronto Star. Her family of Muslim scholars is consistently listed in the The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World, and her insight into Muslim culture is both personal and far-reaching. A mother of a teenage daughter herself, S. K. Ali’s debut YA novel is a beautiful and nuanced story about a young woman exploring her identity through friendship, family, and faith. You can follow her on Twitter @SajidahWrites.Read More »
I’m pleased to announce that today’s guest author is Intisar Khanani, fantasy writer and author of Thorn, The Sunbolt Chronicles and short story The Bone Knife which you can read for free on Kindle!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar’s current projects include a companion trilogy to her debut novel, Thorn, featuring the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles. You can follow her on Twitter @BooksByIntisarRead More »