A short guide to writing great answers!
You've decided to write for Islamiqate… now what? You are about to enter a mind-expanding realm of questioning everything you've ever believed and explaining it in a way a lay person would understand. This short guide will help you get up and running.
What does a writer at Islamiqate do?
Our writers work on the simple task of helping others by providing persuasive authoritative answers that will be helpful to any future visitor. They draft original and creative answers, based on reviewing existing scholarly works relating to the question, reviewing the evidences and arguments, and coming up with the best and strongest answer.
The key thing about answers is they should be laid out following one of our templates that helps structure answers well, providing simple formatting and easy to understand prose. You will get to work on a vast array of questions relating to all aspects of Islam, its civilisation and peoples, in your field or related fields targeting a broad audience ranging from undergraduate students to lifelong learners.
So, what are my first steps?
Everything starts with a good question – we have lots of them on our site. If there isn't a question you think you can answer, you can create one that will be helpful to others.
Select an appropriate template to structure your answer from the examples given below – copy and paste it into a Microsoft Word document.
Start your literature review and as you read slot in relevant pieces of information into the template. Continue until the template is completed.
In a Nutshell
Example q&a using this template: What is the stance of classical scholarship on triple talaq?
Narratives (eg Tafsir, Qasas, Seerah etc) Template:
In a Nutshell
Symbols and Motifs
Example q&a using this template: Why was Surah al-An'am significant to the Prophet Muhammad's (saw) dawa in Mecca?
What happens once I've completed my article?
Review it with fresh eyes – this can be by leaving it for a few hours or overnight. You will be able to add significant improvements by simply doing this. Post the answer for the given question.
You can search for questions in the search box at the top of the screen, or create new ones by clicking on "Ask". Remember to attach an image to any new questions you create.
What is a good answer?
A good answer is one that is genuinely helpful when it is clear, credible and sincerely addresses the question that was asked. Helpful answers seek to:
Good answers should become a comprehensive, helpful and trustworthy resource for that question.
Are there any policies I should be familiar with?
These are the main points you should be familiar with when you're writing:
Are there any model answers I can look at to see what a good answer looks like?
You'll see a lot of these on the Islamiqate.com landing page which seeks to promote good answers.
Here's some examples by different writers that you should be familiar with – they define fundamental Islamic paradigms that often are not clear with Muslims:
Are there any helpful resources I should be using?
Writers have found the following resources helpful:
Nope – you're good to go.
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