British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers

British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers

by C. Chambers


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What does it mean to be a writer of Muslim heritage in the UK today? Is there such a thing as "Muslim fiction"?


In a collection of revealing new interviews, Claire Chambers talks to writers including Tariq Ali, Ahdaf Soueif, Hanif Kureishi, and Abdulrazak Gurnah to discuss the impact that their Muslim heritage has had on their writing, and to argue that this body of writing is some of the most important and politically engaged fiction of recent years. From literary techniques and influences to the political and cultural debates that matter to Muslims in Britain and beyond — such as the hijab, the war on terror and the Rushdie affair — these thirteen interviews challenge the idea of a monolithic voice for Islam in Britain. Instead, together they paint a picture of the diversity of voices creating "British Muslim fictions" which ultimately enriches the cultural, social and political landscape of contemporary Britain.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230308787
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 03/09/2012
Edition description: 2011
Pages: 351
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

TARIQ ALI Well-known Historian, Novelist, Film-maker, Campaigner and Political Commentator
HANIF KUREISHI Oscar-nominated Screenplay Writer, Film-maker, Playwright and Novelist; Whitbread-winner (for The Buddha of Suburbia)
LEILA ABOULELA Orange-prize Nominated for Two Books (The Translator; Minaret)
MOHSIN HAMID Booker-nominated Author (for The Reluctant Fundamentalist, 2007)
AHDAF SOUEIF Booker-nominated Author (for The Map of Love, 1996)
KAMILA SHAMSIE Orange-shortlisted Author of Burnt Shadows, 2009
ZAHID HUSSAIN Author of The Curry Mile
ABDULRAZAK GURNAH Booker- and Whitbread-nominated Author (for Paradise, 1994)
NADEEM ASLAM Prize-winning Young Novelist (Season of the Rainbirds won the Betty Trask award; Maps for Lost Lovers won the Kiriyama Prize)
ROBIN YASSIN-KASSAB Novelist (The Road from Damascus, 2008)
TAHMIMA ANAM Bangladeshi Writer
AAMER HUSSEIN Author of Short Stories and Novels
FADIA FAQIR Jordanian Writer

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction Tariq Ali Fadia Faqir Aamer Hussein Leila Aboulela Abdulrazak Gurnah Nadeem Aslam Tahmima Anam Mohsin Hamid Robin Yassin-Kassab Kamila Shamsie Hanif Kureishi Ahdaf Soueif Zahid Hussain Conclusion Endnotes Bibliography Index

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