Meet Aisha Abdel Gawad: Author, Teacher and Community Worker

Abdel Gawad worked at the Arab American Association of New York, a community organization serving the immigrant community in Brooklyn. Between Two Moons is her first novel, based also in Brooklyn, and inspired by her experience there serving the community. 

Meet Aisha Abdel Gawad: Author, Teacher and Community Worker
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Aisha Abdel Gawad’s first novel “Between Two Moons” was published on June 6, 2023. Abdel Gawad is an award-winning writer, and has been published in the American Short Fiction and The Muslim World in a special issue on Anglophone Muslim women writers. She won a 2015 Pushcart Prize for her short story "Waking Luna.”

Abdel Gawad worked at the Arab American Association of New York, a community organization serving the immigrant community in Brooklyn. "Between Two Moons" is her first novel, based also in Brooklyn, and inspired by her experience there serving the community. 

“Between Two Moons” was praised in the New York Times as a “breathtaking, elegantly structured novel” for its exploration of the struggle for Muslims’ humanity to be recognized in a system that consistently dehumanizes them. Abdel Gawad spoke to Ms. Magazine about the book and about her journey writing it, from her 20s onwards to getting it published now at 35 years old as a way for her to process how it felt growing up with the threat of surveillance hanging over her and Muslim communities. She said, “I wrote it from a place of love for a community that has gone through a lot of trauma over the past two decades. I hope non-Arab/Muslim readers might challenge some assumptions or ideas they’ve been taught about Muslims in America.”

Abdel Gawad has also written short stories and articles for The Kenyon Review, Bon Appetit, and Literary Hub. She is currently a high school English teacher in Connecticut. 

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