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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...
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...
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.
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 et al., editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Jessie Ellen Cadell
The article contains two linked analyses, of FitzGerald as a translator and of Omar as a thinker. She calls the former's rendering a poem on Omar, rather than a translation of his work, and points...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Dervla Murphy
In 1971, the present state of Bangladesh (formerly known as East Pakistan) had seceded from Pakistan, which had then fought a war with India (3-16 December 1971) over the secession. DM was interested in the...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Julia O'Faolain
The topics covered in richly informative detail, far too many to enumerate, include a father's life-or-death rights over his offspring in ancient Greece, while such topics as buying and selling sex, or the relation...


1899: Egyptian jurist and reformer Qasim Amin argued...

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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...

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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...

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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.

2007: Bouchra El-Hor, one of two British Muslim...

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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,...

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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...

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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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