I'm trying to write a novel accurately about a Muslim girl in high school and I don't want to misrepresent. Could I get some advice?
- LoganLv 56 months ago
Get a contact who is a Muslim girl. Do lots of research and know your subject inside and out.
- MarliLv 76 months ago
Learn about Islam. There are many books, websites and videos about Islam and the Muslim experiences in North America and Europe.
Talk to Muslims. There may be an Islam Community Centre in your city. Do you have high school friends who are Muslims and will answer your questions?
- bluebellbkkLv 76 months ago
Do you actually KNOW any Muslim girls? There are so many ways you could get this wrong, not from advice that people DO give you, but from what it never even occurs to them to give you.
Honestly, best advice: DON'T.
- j153eLv 76 months ago
Suggest you give your MC an exotic branch of Islam, such as Ahmadiyya; along with usual girl-in-high-school dramas and humors, it could be interesting for MC to show a distinct branch of Islam, perhaps as other characters project e.g. Sunni or Shia stereotypes on her, and she could show the variety within Islam:
Or maybe she's a student of Meher Baba: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sufism_Reoriented
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- AmberLv 56 months ago
Muslims live in many different ways and have different levels of belief. Either stick to what you know or do some serious research.
- AndrewLv 76 months ago
Saying that you're "trying to write a novel accurately about a Muslim girl" is like saying that you're trying to write a story about a girl with brown eyes. There are over a billion Muslims in the world. Obviously, there's bound to be a lot of variation to the way they live. If you don't know that, you're off to a poor start.
I'm Catholic. How would you write a story about a Catholic person? Would he or she observe every tradition and obey every rule and attend church services every Sunday? That wouldn't be very accurate.
Write whatever you want to write. But if you plan to make the work available to other people, you had better make sure that it's at least somewhat believable.
- megalomaniacLv 76 months ago
Well the classic advice is to "write what you know about" but even that can be gotten around with enough research.
- queen bryLv 76 months ago
Sure, name her Aicha.