In our turbulent times, all varieties of bodies face serious dangers. Bodies of water are disappearing before our eyes; ‘bodies politic’ risk suppression; human bodies fear annihilation at the hands of hate. The biological body is no longer a husk for the intellect, but itself a vital piece of identity, with bodies of colour and female bodies tethered to historical narratives. More broadly, posthumanism and diverse sexuality and identity politics are challenging our conceptions and limitations with regards to bodies. And the monolithic human body, once seen as divine perfection, makes way for the next, more advanced model. 

Join deputy editors of Critical Muslim, Samia Rahman and Shanon Shah, along with journalists Adama Juldeh Munu and James Brooks as they discuss diverse bodies, the invisible bodies of metaphors, and those under the microscope – all with the power to start and stop our fragile world on a whim. As we walk into the future, the panel will challenge the audience to prepare for a new type of body, fit for a world beyond our present predicaments.

Critical Muslim is a quarterly publication of ideas and issues showcasing groundbreaking thinking on Islam and what it means to be Muslim in a rapidly changing, interconnected world. 

About The Chair

Samia Rahman

Samia Rahman is director of the Muslim Institute and a deputy editor of Critical Muslim, the acclaimed quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute.

About The Speaker

Shanon Shah

Shanon Shah is the author of The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain and a deputy editor of Critical Muslim, the acclaimed quarterly publication of the Muslim Institute. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and playwright.

About The Journalists

Adama Juldeh Munu

James Brooks