British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers
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.
About the Author:
CLAIRE CHAMBERS is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and is an expert in contemporary South Asian writing in English and literary representations of British Muslims. Her research has been supported by grants from HEFCE, the AHRC and British Academy. She has published widely in such journals as Postcolonial Text, Crossings and Contemporary Women’s Writing, and is Coeditor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.
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