Unveiling the Juxtaposition of Muslim Characters in Modern Literature

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


What makes or breaks a literary character who identifies as Muslim? How have Muslim characters evolved in different literary spaces? Does it matter when a faith-based character is written about by an author who identifies as a person of faith; or a person nonconforming to a defined spiritual path? Readers, writers, and publishers can now navigate through the stereotypes, tropes, and political undertones of Muslim identity issues within popular novels.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2023_Unveiling_the_Juxtaposition_of_Muslims_Characters_in_Modern_Literature.pdf



Afshan Malik is a Chicago native turned southern belle who authored the 2019 YA novel Pieces by Daybreak Press. She holds an MA in the nonprofit field and brings her interests together at Rabata, an organization promoting positive cultural change through education, spirituality, and community care.

Tayyaba Syed is a multiple award-winning author, who has written over 20 children's books. As a journalist, her byline has been in numerous publications like NPR. She conducts literary and faith-based presentations as a teacher and fun storyteller, weaving great lessons and heart into everything.

Carla Taylor lives in California, where she homeschools her three children and teaches language arts and nature literacy. She has a particular interest in reading and reviewing nonfiction books addressing sociological themes, religion, and history. She is very passionate about early childhood literacy.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center