Resources on Liberal Islam?
January 27, 2012 7:34 AM Subscribe
I need help finding resources on moderate or liberal Islam. This is for a new fiction project and I want to be sure to be as respectful as possible.
posted by Blisterlips to Religion & Philosophy (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a professional creator. The new book will be nationally distributed. I realize that there is always going to be someone who will get offended, but I'm trying to keep it on the low side.
The character's religion isn't the focal point of the book at all, but the character is one of the protagonists. In fact, I will specifically avoiding directly addressing the topic- The character is a person who happens to be a Muslim, it is not a "Muslim Character". I need enough information to get a feel for things that would be totally out of line- I don't want to accidentally write a scene with the kid being drunk and eating a pork sandwich on a friday night at the mall, get me?
Specifically I want more about counter-culture kids/adults who are still somewhat religious. Taqwacore blogs aren't really doing it, and they seem to be petering out. I don't feel like I have enough of an understanding of basic principles or fundamental differences in interpretation to write a character who lives their life informed by their religion.
I get that there are a zillion ways that people practice Islam and that that country of origin is a big deal- American Muslim kids with parents from Indonesia are going to be very different culturally from British kids with grandparents from Spain. More Info, more better.
Books, blogs, websites, NYC local resources all would be good. Especially resources that are talking to an audience that doesn't have much of a foundation with the religion in the first place.
What I don't want to hear is that I shouldn't write this character at all- if we only wrote about what we had personal experiences with, all my characters would thirty-year-old white atheist women living in Brooklyn.