The double bind of writing as an Australian Muslim woman

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I could have been rich years ago. Every Muslim woman writer knows this about herself. The Muslim woman as victim or escapee dominates the publishing world’s imaginings of Muslim women. Nothing titillates the literary world more than the Muslim woman “native informant” who bravely “bares all” to confess her journey from false consciousness to good liberal (preferably atheist) subject. In this article I share my experiences as a writer attempting to subvert this paradigm in the young adult and children’s literature world. The choices I have made and face reinforce the tensions and challenges of “writing Muslim.” Can writing be self-determined? Can narcissism be accommodated, or are the stakes too high? Can it be forgiven? How does one avoid double consciousness in a climate of Islamophobia? How does one negotiate the endless vacillation between “the universal” and “the particular”?
LanguageEnglish
Pages97-117
Number of pages21
JournalMashriq & Mahjar: A Journal of Middle East Migration Studies
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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The double bind of writing as an Australian Muslim woman. / Abdel Fattah, Randa.

In: Mashriq & Mahjar: A Journal of Middle East Migration Studies , Vol. 4, No. 2, 07.2017, p. 97-117.

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