Writer’s Guide

Our mission is to critically examine the modern era and its driving ideologies through a worldview that is rooted in traditional Muslim values. We aim to affirm that the Muslim tradition is ever relevant in diagnosing and solving modern problems. We invite submissions from individuals who are equally curious about life and able to coherently articulate their positions. We do not shy away from controversial or contentious material, but we do require intellectual honesty and humility. Formal training or education is not required to submit a piece, but we ask that you familiarize yourself with our material before submitting. 

Content

Articles published by Traversing Tradition implicitly align with four broad categories:

  1. Primers – introduce an ideology, philosophical strain, cultural phenomenon, and/or a foundational topic, including mention of dominant definitions and intellectuals in said field. These pieces often serve as foundations to themes explored in later articles. 

See The Death of Community and the Rise of Individualism

  1. Reflections – briefly introduce a topic and incorporate a writer’s novel understanding of the state of world or state of a specific matter, with discussion on the implications of one’s view and discussion on alternative perspectives. These pieces often remain open-ended for readers to share their own insights.

See Could English be an Islamic Language?

  1. Analyses/Reviews – Center and summarize a book, movie, TV show, etc. and offer a writer’s criticisms on how a content creator has articulated his positions and the impact of such positions.

See A Case for Moral and Emotional Intelligence

  1. Directives – briefly diagnose and introduce a problem and then having addressed alternative viewpoints in an intellectually honest manner, propose solutions and offer guidance to readers about how best to move forward.

See An Admonishment to the Muslim Activist

Despite which category/categories a piece aligns with, all of our content is explicitly referential and deferential to the Muslim tradition and the scholarship of ‘ulama (Muslim scholars) before us. We believe that critical engagement with modernity requires not just creativity, but also humility before those who may have already addressed the problems we currently face, especially as no one on our team is, nor claims to be, an expert about which they write. As such, we require writers to draw from primary and secondary sources to substantiate any claims they make in their pieces, particularly claims about Islam and Muslim life, in general.

Style

Traversing Tradition aims to make its material accessible to the average reader who already has a basic familiarity with the tenets of Islam. As such, we have an editorial team that reviews each submission and works with writers to assess the fluency of each piece, ensuring all material is grammatically correct and logically presented.

Articles should generally be between 1000 and 2000 words. On occasion, we will accept longer pieces and ask writers to divide them into a series of articles. However, we strongly encourage concision and clarity. Articles must have a central claim and narrative that is developed throughout the piece. Writers may use their personal voice, but must not be overly polemical, antagonistic, or sectarian, and must incorporate specific examples and reputable outside sources cited in MLA style.

Terms

These terms apply to any engagement with our material and exceptions to them must be solicited in writing by contacting us. Submission of a piece to Traversing Tradition is considered acceptance of these terms:

  1. Traversing Tradition reserves the irrevocable, perpetual, and exclusive right to publish, translate, amend, cut, or alter material you submit to us in any format, as we deem appropriate.
  2. If you would like to republish material originally published on Traversing Tradition, you must first contact us and include a link to the TT piece in your republished piece.  
  3. Writers guarantee that material submitted is their original work.
  4. If you would like to withdraw a piece submitted for publication, you may contact us, but generally Traversing Tradition reserves the right to maintain it.