How have Muslims in Britain been depicted in literature, both historically and in contemporary texts? Have events such as the Rushdie affair or 7/7 imposed a reductive stereotype onto a diverse, heterogeneous minority?
Our panel will take a look at how Muslims appear throughout British literature, whether as creators of texts or as characters within them, and how those roles and representations have arisen and changed over time.
Guests include Claire Chambers, whose book ‘Britain Through Muslim Eyes’ examines (among other things) fictional representations of Britain by Muslim writers; and Rehana Ahmed, author of ‘Writing British Muslims’, which explores how works of literature inform the debate about the place of Muslims in Britain. They’re joined by author, commentator and reviewer Robin Yassin-Kassab, whose books include the novel ‘The Road From Damascus’, and (with Leila al-Shami) ‘Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War’. Leeds Beckett University’s Caroline Herbert chairs.