Yesterday, I was published in Religion Dispatches with an article on Panama’s black Muslim converts, which I began reporting in mid October. I was drawn to the story because I grew up with black Muslim convert parents. In the past couple of years, I’ve talked to them a lot about how they came to Islam and how they feel about the divisions within their Muslim community. When I met the Muslim community in Colon, I was immediately reminded of my parents and knew I had to pursue the writing project.
My first draft of this article was very impersonal. It was written entirely in third person and entirely without mention of my Muslim background. But my editor at RD suggested a personal touch would draw more readers in. At first I was a bit hesitant, but I’m now really happy I took her advice.
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