Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome submissions from members of the Muslim community in Singapore of all ethnicities, orientations, and hijab preferences to submit written pieces – poems, monologues, songs or even raps! Write about the issues you care about, the challenges you face spiritually or in your daily lives, and what your religion means to you. From issues on women’s rights to generational clashes and love and relationships. Use this blog to let your personality and uniqueness shine ladies! Beyond the Hijab is a place to celebrate the trials, triumphs and even sometimes cringe-worthy awkwardness of being Muslim women. You can submit under a pseudonym if you want to maintain anonymity and submissions will not be reproduced in any way except with the permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: South Asian Muslims
South Asian Muslims refer to people from the Indian subcontinent and their diaspora – including ethnic Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans etc. We have opted for this term since it is a term that captures the diversity of the community more than the term “Indian Muslims” which not everyone may identify with.
South Asian Muslims are a minority within a minority, and their experiences and perspectives are rarely highlighted in the conversation about the Muslim community in Singapore. Building solidarity and meaningful connection within our ummah has always meant respecting and appreciating of our diversity in a meaningful way, beyond superficial tolerance.
We want to hear your stories and perspectives as South Asian Muslims in Singapore. What are things that you wish the larger community would understand or know? What are your experiences growing up, both its pain and joys? Be assured too that you do not have to entirely discuss the issue of being a South Asian Muslim if you do not wish to, and that you can treat this call for submissions as a safe space to simply talk about your experiences as a Muslim woman in Singapore!
We are excited that the series will feature guest-editor ‘Afifah Shameemah. We look forward to reading your words.
Writers are allowed to write under a pseudonym to protect their identity. Feel free to drop an email for queries.
You have until 21st September to submit.
Looking forward to hearing your stories!
*We previously used the term “desi” Muslims but have heard from some of you that the term “desi” is reductive rather than inclusive, and have suggested that we use the term “South Asian” instead. We’ve amended our original post to take these comments on board, and thank our readers for highlighting this issue to us.
- All pieces must be original and submitted in the English language unless you can provide a translation.
- Submissions must be between 600 – 2000 words.
- Authors must be Singaporean or PR and be members of the Muslim community in Singapore.
- If selected, your piece may go through an editing process. We may request some changes or edits, but only because we want the strength of your piece to be fully realised!
- We provide an honorarium for selected pieces.
- Submit below or email as a Word document to Diana at email@example.com