Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, 1780-1988

Hardcover | August 13, 2015

byClaire Chambers

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The Muslim as a cultural category has come under increasing, most often hostile, scrutiny in Euro-America over the last four decades or so. As a result, the field of Muslim literary studies has emerged to shine a spotlight on the exciting body of literature by authors of Muslim heritage writing back to Islamophobic stereotypes. However, this academic oeuvre too often assumes that this literature is a contemporary, broadly post-9/11 phenomenon. In this important book, Claire Chambers takes a long view of depictions of Britain by writers from Muslim backgrounds. The book's first half focuses on travel and life writing from the eighteenth to the mid twentieth centuries by authors such as Mirza Sheikh I'tesamuddin, Najaf Koolee Meerza, and Atiya Fyzee. In the second half, she trains her critical gaze on the long tradition of fictional representations, from Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq's Leg Over Leg (1855) to Ahdaf Soueif's Aisha (1983) and Abdulrazak Gurnah's Pilgrims Way (1988). Chambers argues that the Rushdie affair has been more of a turning point on perceptions of and by Muslims in Britain than 9/11. Her next book in this two-part series, Muslim Representations of Britain, 1988-Present, will therefore start with discussion of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (1988) and move to examination of the long shadow this text has cast on subsequent Muslim literary representations.

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The Muslim as a cultural category has come under increasing, most often hostile, scrutiny in Euro-America over the last four decades or so. As a result, the field of Muslim literary studies has emerged to shine a spotlight on the exciting body of literature by authors of Muslim heritage writing back to Islamophobic stereotypes. However...

Claire Chambers is a Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of York, where she teaches twentieth- and twenty-first-century writing in English from South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas. Her previous books are British Muslim Fictions (2011) and the co-edited collection Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:August 13, 2015Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
PART I: TRAVELLING AUTOBIOGRAPHY
1. Orientalism in Reverse: Early Muslim Travel Accounts of Britain
2. 'Truly a person progresses by travelling and interacting with different peoples': Travelogues and Life Writing of the Twentieth Century
PART II: TRAVELLING FICTION
3. 'I haf been to Cambridge!': Muslim Fictional Representations of Britain, 1855-1944
4. 'England-returned': British Muslim Fiction of the 1950s and 1960s
5. Myth of Return Fiction of the 1970s and 1980s: 'A bit of this and a bit of that'
The Myth of Conclusion
Bibliography
Index