Muslims in America

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Syed Hassan Abidi / NeMLA
contact email: 

The panel intends to explore the depiction of Muslim American identity across various discourses and works of Muslim American authors, filmmakers, novelists, and musicians who draw upon such identities. The diverse emergence of Muslim American identity calls for insights that examine such identities depicted in various forms of text and talk. Keeping in context the theme of NeMLA’s 54th convention “resilience” the session draws on the theoretical underpinnings of Edward Said’s notion of Orientalism in order to further investigate discursive constructions of Muslim identities along with various discourses and the role Muslim Americans play in shaping these identities. As the issues of language, representation, and belongingness in the lives of Muslim Americans play a pivotal role in their expression to represent their identity, the panelists might consider how such themes can be further explored.


Please submit an abstract of 250-300 words describing your proposed seminar paper by September 30th, 2022, to the submission page:


Accepted participants must submit a complete draft paper no later than February 1st, 2023 to be shared with all seminar participants before the conference. Papers should be between 10-15 pages, typed (12p) and double spaced, and include a “Works Cited” section. All participants are expected to read each other’s papers prior to the session and provide a one-paragraph response to one person as assigned by the chairs.