The Anthology 'Not To Be Forgotten' Has 18 Muslim Women Telling Their Covid-19 Stories
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The Anthology ‘Not To Be Forgotten’ Has 18 Muslim Women Telling Their Covid-19 Stories

There had been several reports that people of colour, many of whom are Muslims, had a higher risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus as a result of systems rigged against them. Inflamed, Isolated and trying to make sense of why some stories were preserved and others overlooked, we wanted to know what stories were being recorded and, crucially, who was doing it.

On 27th August 2022, the anthology, “Not To Be Forgotten“, edited by Muti’ah Badruddeen will be released and available for purchase worldwide. The book includes the works of eighteen Muslim women writers from across thirteen different countries including Nigeria, the USA, the UK, Pakistan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. Some of the incredible contributing authors are none other than TMWT’s founding Editor, Wardah Abbas, Leila Aboulela, Muti’ah Badruddeen, Maryam Sullivan, Afshan Malik, and Elizabeth Lymer to name but a few of the brilliant authors of this book. The book is easily accessible to those who don’t know much about Muslim women. It presents contemporary real-life stories and insights from a wide spectrum of Muslim women in storytelling, reflective essay and poetry forms.

‘Not To Be Forgotten’ aims to unearth the various ways in which the pandemic affected the lives, livelihood and relationships of Muslim women; to explore how these women sailed through the hardest of times, walking through their crisis, while purposefully and vibrantly maintaining their faith and identities – or losing same. With the ultimate aim of sending a message to Muslim women around the world that they are seen and heard and that their experiences matter, too. 

Synopsis

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, the world stopped, unprepared. It was sudden and forceful and no one knew what was next. Many people lost loved ones, means of livelihood, meaningful relationships and the sense of how the world worked. No doubt, this pandemic is the singular most historic event of our generation and it affected certain demographics more than others, in ways that will be detailed for years to come. 

In the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, as protests against racial injustice, Islamophobic attacks and police violence spread across the world, we found ourselves searching the internet for “pandemic stories.” There had been several reports that people of colour, many of whom are Muslims, had a higher risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus as a result of systems rigged against them. Inflamed, Isolated and trying to make sense of why some stories were preserved and others overlooked, we wanted to know what stories were being recorded and, crucially, who was doing it. We wanted to know what stories were deemed important enough to document, and what motivations, principles, and methods were being used to document them. We came to the conclusion that stories only become important when someone deems them worthy of being told.

As a group, Muslim women often find themselves other-ed; confronted with prejudice from multiple quarters. In today’s world, with its rising islamophobia and deliberate targeting of Muslim women, it is a fact of no doubt that racism and Islamophobia are directly linked to the pandemic. Despite this, it remains customary for our experiences to be brushed aside as non-existent. Too often do we find people with little or no lived experience of our reality, speaking for, on behalf of, and over Muslim women. These narratives often ignore the diversity of our experiences, the nuance of our circumstances, the validity of our choices and the very humanness of our existence. 

By compiling this anthology, we are unearthing the various ways in which the pandemic affected the lives, livelihood and relationships of Muslim women, ‘Not To Be Forgotten’ explores how these women sailed through the hardest of times, walking through their crisis, while purposefully and vibrantly maintaining their faith and identities – or losing same. This project aims to reveal the struggles of Muslim women in a world that suddenly made no sense. It offers an array of low points, deeply meaningful and impactful turning points and moments of clarity and triumphs, with the aim of sending a message to Muslim women around the world that they are seen and heard, and their experiences matter too. 

The experiences of Muslim women are infinite. ‘Not To Be Forgotten’ does not attempt to contain the multitudes and multiverse. This is just one manifestation of a project that spans generations.


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