Beyond the Hijab features stories of real Muslim women living in Singapore.
We welcome all submissions from members of the Muslim community of all nationalities, 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 reproduced in any way except with permission of the author.
This Month’s Theme: Monolithic
The term monolithic can have negative connotations, referring to a mode of understanding that is reductive, and absolute. A sweeping, singular way of perceiving something.
The trouble with insisting on a singular, or monolithic, understanding or interpretation, is that it is almost always accompanied by an admonishment or even a hostility to diversity. It erases nuance. An exclusivist and monolithic mode of understanding or practice in Islam, for example, can be damaging for interfaith, and especially intra-faith relations, which leads to sectarianism, and ultimately fosters poor relationships and understandings of communities beyond our own.
How has Monolithic interpretations or understandings (it does not have to be just religion, but perhaps of other notions like gender or culture) affected your lives? Did your mind ever struggle against a Monolithic understanding that you simply could not accept? What is a way of fostering a society that is more open and acknowledging of a diversity that already exists?
As long as your story fits the theme, we would love to hear it.
You have until July 10th to submit.
Looking forward to hearing your stories
- 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 members of the Muslim community living 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 your submission as a word document to firstname.lastname@example.org