I’m starting a newsletter for and about Muslims in America, inspired by great podcasts like Ahmad Ali Akbar’s See Something, Say Something and Taz Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh’s Good Muslim Bad Muslim. Hooray for more things in your inbox!
To start off, I’m aiming to send out a newsletter twice a month. Here’s what each edition will contain:
A roundup of the best links, with an emphasis on original reporting and providing multiple perspectives on issues. We’re going to go beyond a list of the latest hate crimes to instead offer you some food for thought.
Attention to underrepresented Muslims: undocumented, disabled, mentally ill, incarcerated, women, black, Latin@, LGBTQ+, Shia, Ahmadi, Ismaili and more.
No judgment or fatwas on who is and isn’t Muslim. I’m not a theologian, so I care much less about that and more about whether it’s valuable for U.S. Muslims to be informed about a story. You might even see stories related to evangelicals, Copts, Sikhs and Baha’is.
Shoutouts to cool scholars, initiatives, resources, books and more you should know about and learn from.
Occasional guest editors and curators. Feel free to throw your hat in the ring.
A little about me, your humble writer: I’m the social media editor at Religion News Service, a non-sectarian, non-profit journalism outlet. I also contribute reporting on stories related to Islam for RNS and as a freelance journalist. This newsletter isn’t connected with RNS, which runs its own daily religion news roundup.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Gimme a shout.
Thanks for checking us out! Hope you’ll stick around.
– Aysha Khan, @ayshabkhan