#FaithfullyFeminist: Badass Muslim Women

Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay is a new anthology from the I Speak For Myself series where Jewish, Christian, and Muslim women discuss the various ways they remain faithful to their spiritual traditions as feminists (or, in some cases, create new space for feminists within their faith). The essay collection is edited by Gina Messina-Dysert, Amy Levin, and Jennifer Zobair and features forty-five perspectives from the three faiths. In this episode of Loveinshallah’s author interview podcast, Deonna Kelli Sayed speaks with three Muslim contributors on feminism, motherhood, marriage, and spiritual identity.

Sabina Khan Ibarra touches on making peace with Islam and feminism as supplement to her essay, “Resilience.”  Samar Kaukab talks about her feelings regarding intersectionality and sharing stories of strength with her children in “The Pen Has Been Lifted: You Will Survive.”  On the subject of marriage and spiritual challenges, Rabia Chaudry figures out a way to “Shoot the Messenger.” Jennifer Zobair reveals that order to talk about staying in Islam, she needs to talk about all the times she has wanted to go, a journey she eloquently details in “Embracing Feminism in Public to Find God in Private.”  Deonna Kelli Sayed expands on her post-divorce journey and the move to surrender in “Speaking Forward.”

These are just a few of the insightful, brave essays included in the collection.

Faithfully Feminist is available for order online and from your local bookstore. Want to meet some of the contributors? Stay on top of the Faithfully Feminist book tour.

Special shout-out to a fellow Muslim feminist and all-around wonder, Rajae El Mouhandiz, whose song, “Gracefully,” from her upcoming EP, Watani, is featured in this podcast. 


Deonna Kelli Sayed is a published author and digital storyteller. She is a recipient of a 2013 North Carolina United Arts Council Regional Artist Grant and a 2015 Wildacres Writing Residency. Deonna’s work is featured in the forthcoming anthology, Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminist and Why We Stay. You can be part of her badass world on Twitter and Facebook.