10 Influential African American, Muslim Authors Everyone Should Know

Black History Month gives us 28 days to honor African Americans and the ever-expanding contributions they make to culture. From literary icons to fresh, buzzworthy talent, we're highlighting 10 books by African-American, Muslim authors everyone should add to their reading list today. All of the books are available online at Amazon.com. Enjoy!



Khadijah Abdul-Haqq is a married mother of five. She is the author of her debut book “Nanni's Hijab”. She loves to write stories that bring light to the world. Khadijah has a degree in Healthcare Management. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but currently resides in Memphis, TN with her husband and children.


Amir Makin writes literature designed to educate and empower individuals toward achieving social, political and economic independence. He writes children's picture books to adult fiction, all of which focus on the diverse African American Experience. His current children's series are Ali the Inventor and Aisha the Navigator. His latest children's series include Evelyn the Extraordinaire and Brandon the Brain. The first nonfiction title is called A Worthy Muslim. As an electrical engineer, he has over 15 years of experience in hardware design and development. Many of his children's book encourage children on a path toward STEM. Amir resides in Texas with his wife and children.


Layla Abdullah-Poulos, who also goes by Lyndell Williams, is an award-winning writer as well as a multifaceted editor, romance scholar and author. She is a managing editor and columnist for various media platforms and serves as a content editor for a select group of clients. She’s had numerous short stories published in collections and enjoys a growing list of subscribers to her Layla Writes Love online short story series. Poulos has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She is an adjunct instructor as well as an anti-racism and gender equity advocate.


George Green is an author and motivational speaker from New York City. He is the author and creator of the children's book series Childhood Champions. George not only inspires through his words but also through his dedication in giving back to the community. George holds a bachelor's degree in English and Psychology from Auburn University.


Jamilah Bashir is a native of Philadelphia, PA. In 2006, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Widener University. She has earned a Master’s Degree in Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. She has taught for over ten years and has received a multitude of awards and recognition for her work.

6. Umm Juwayriyah (Maryam A. Sullivan)

Umm Juwayriayh (Maryam A. Sullivan) is an indigenous Muslim American woman born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts. Her love of writing developed early and landed her an internship at the Republican News Paper during her high school day. Her journalism pursuits led her to spoken word, play-writing, and to creating Urban, Islamic fiction with her debut novel, The Size of a Mustard Seed. Umm Juwayriyah is an alumna of Bay Path University for women in New England and Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she received her Masters of Arts with honors.


Asiya Nasir, Chief Empowerment Officer and Founder of J.E.S.S.I.C.A. Cares has extensive management, financial and leadership experience through her 25 plus years in the corporate & financial industry. Through participating in various community initiatives; she found her passion of working with, mentoring and empowering young girls and women. Asiya is a transformational speaker who has developed a unique format in which she challenges the young girls and women to be relentless in their determination and pursuit to accomplish

their life goals. Asiya is an award recipient for her various community achievements that include; 2018 P.A.T.H. Award, 2016 County College of Morris: EOF Mentor Program; 2015 Face My Abuse: Women Who Make A Difference; 2011 Berkeley College: Featured Success Student/Changing Lives for 80 years; 2011 Project ReDirect Family Services: Excellence in Business and Community Service Award; 2012 Morristown Neighborhood House: Appreciation for Service and Dedication to the African American Community.


Karimah Grayson is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Grayson is a high school social science teacher and lifelong learner. She earned a Bachelors in Secondary Social Science and a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother of three. She is the author of “The Shoulders on Which I Stand” and “Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen”. Visit her website: https://sites.google.com/view/author-karimah-g/home


Habeeb Akande is a British born writer and historian of Nigerian descent. He graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Business and Film Studies. After his graduation, he travelled to Cairo, Egypt to study Arabic, Islamic Law and Islamic History at Al-Azhar High School and University. Habeeb works as an international tax advisor and is the author of five published books on race, Afro-Brazil, erotic Arabic literature and Islam. Visit his website:



Robyn Abdusamad, born and raised in North Carolina, has been writing books since the age of 14. She is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and co-founder of Omera Productions. She was invited to speak at the 2018 National Black Book Festival in Houston, TX and has been featured in "30 Muslim Women Writers, Telling Their Own Stories", "Black Muslim

Authors and 30+ of Their Books to Read", "African Americans on the Move Book Club", “Muslim Journal”, “About Islam”, and "American Airlines Employee Spotlight". She earned a B.A. in Communications/Public Relations from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and a M.S. in Public Administration (with honors) from National University. She has published children's books, “Wahid and His Special Friend”, “You Are Beautiful” and her latest debut, “Zaynab's Enchanted Scarf”. When she's not writing Robyn is spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling or volunteering in the community. She resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area with her husband and three children. For further information, visit www.robynabdusamad.com www.omeraproductions.com.

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