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Cultural formation Rudyard Kipling
As an English boy and then man in India, Rudyard must have been constantly aware of his status as one of the white race and administrative ruling class. His earliest memories of India were impressions...
Cultural formation Kamila Shamsie
KS comes from a long line of distinguished female Pakistani writers; her mother, grandmother, great-aunt, and older sister are all published authors. The family were Muslim , with English and Urdu both in use. She...
Cultural formation Kamila Shamsie
In a 2017 interview, KS noted that she describes herself as a Muslim , but declined to acknowledge whether or not she is practising.
Nicol, Patricia. “Author of the moment Kamila Shamsie on what it is to be a Muslim today”. Evening Standard.
Cultural formation Rosita Forbes
Her parents, she said (who were both members of the land-owning class, though in her father's case with strong egalitarian sympathies), had such a sensitive awareness of the next world that the permissible conveniences of...
Cultural formation Roma White
A romantic sense of her own identity as a white, Christian (apparently Anglican ) Englishwoman seems to inform those of RW 's fictions that fulminate against mixed marriages or liaisons, which she presented as socially...
politics Mary Carpenter
MC was impartially critical of various Hindu , Muslim , and Parsi practices, but realised that her reforms had to proceed without attempting to convert Indian women from their religion. She was convinced that Christianity
politics Mary Fisher
The reception in Izmir of MF and her associates shows that Quakers were as unacceptable to the English establishment abroad as at home. Her celebrated audience with Mehmet IV was reported in print a few...
Textual Features May Crommelin
In a preface MC remarks on the difficulties, for Western women, of penetrat[ing] into the secluded lives of their Eastern sisters. In a tone sympathetic to Islam and not condemning the harem system, she thanks...
Textual Production Queen Elizabeth I
As monarch, she maintained a remarkably wide-ranging correspondence. She wrote her first letter to a Muslim sovereign, the Great Sophie of Persia (the Savafid emperor), in 1561.
Andrea, Bernardette. The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literatre and Culture. University of Toronto Press, 2017.
Textual Production Nawal El Saadawi
A play by NES entitled God Resigns in the Summit Meeting was prematurely destroyed by its Arabic publishers at police insistence (though it had been published in English), on grounds of insult to Islam ...
Textual Production Rosemary Sutcliff
RS based her adult novel Blood and Sand on the story of the actual Thomas Keith from Edinburgh, who fought against Napoleon , was captured in Egypt in 1807, converted to Islam , and made...
Textual Production Roma White
In a novel set in Egypt and entitled Backsheesh, RW presented an Englishman who marries an Islam ic woman.
Dated from the Bodleian Library acquisition stamp.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Rosita Forbes
Forbes's interviewee, a brigand and a powerful political manager in Morocco (which was currently a Spanish protectorate), masterminded more than one strategic kidnapping of a westerner. She preserves the biblical flavour which El Raisuni 's...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Gillian Slovo
The novel deals with the politics behind the warfare: the military struggle for control of Sudan betweenMuhammad Ahmad (self-styled the Mahdi, a redeemer figure in Islam ) versus the powers of Egypt and Turkey...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Rosita Forbes
RF sets out with a brisk account of the 675 Indian princely States, which involves her in a summary of Indian history and some speculation about the future. The various strands in her political thinking...


Egyptian jurist and reformer Qasim Amin argued in a book whose title translates as The Liberation of Women that European civilization was more advanced than the Islamic culture of Egypt, and that an important...
1 April 1947
Mahatma Gandhi suggested, remarkably for a devout Hindu , that the first Prime Minister of an independent (and united) India should be the MuslimMuhammad Ali Jinnah (who after Partition became first premier of Pakistan).
8 September 1999
Leila Aboulela , a Sudanese-Scottish, Muslim writer who has lived since 1990 in Aberdeen, published The Translator, the first of her explicitly Islamicistnovels, preaching what she herself calls Islamic feminism.
Bouchra El-Hor , one of two British Muslim women tried this year at the Old Bailey on charges of writing material supporting terrorist action, was acquitted by the jury after Carmen Callil gave evidence about...
October 2008
At a conference in Oxford on Islam and feminism, Amina Wadud (an American academic) became the first woman to lead British Muslims in prayer and deliver a Friday sermon.
November 2015
A death sentence was passed in Saudi Arabia on Ashraf Fayadh , a Palestinian poet, for blasphemy and renouncing Islam , crimes allegedly committed both in poetry and in coffee-house conversation.


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