Sunday, September 27, 2009

Muslim Narratives and the Discourse of English

This book by Amin Malak offers a series of engagements with fiction written by Anglophone Muslim writers. The book focuses on well-known novels including Ahdaf Soueif's The Map of Love and Nuruddin Farah's Close Sesame; lesser-known fictional works by Ahmad Ali, Abdulrazak Gurnah, M. G. Vassanji, and Adib Khan; and works of pioneering and contemporary Muslim women writers including Rokeya Hossain, & Fatima Mernissi.

Here's a list of the writers and their work discussed in the book:

  • Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's (Bengali) Sultana's Dream (1905)
  • Ahmed Ali's (Indian) Twilight in Delhi (1940)
  • Iqbalunnisa Hussain (Indian) Purdah and Polygamy (1944)
  • Attia Hosain (Indian) Phoenix Fled (1953)
  • Mena Abdullah (Australian) The Time of the Peacock (1967)
  • Salman Rushdi (Indian-British) Midnight Children (1981)
  • Nuruddin Farrah (Somali) Close Sesame (1983)
  • Ahdaf Soueif (Egyptian-British) Aisha (1983)
  • Zaynab Alkali (Nigerian) The Stillborn (1984)
  • Abdelrazak Gurnah (Zanzibari-British) Memory of Departure (1987)
  • M.G. Vassanji (Indian-East African-Canadian) The gunny Sack (1989)
  • Farhana Sheikh (Pakistani) The Red Box (1991)
  • Che Husna Azhari (Malaysian) The Rambutan Orchard (1993)
  • Fatma Merrnisi (Moroccan) Dreams of Trespass (1994)
  • Adib Khan (Bengali-Australian) Seasonal Adjustments (1995)

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