School of English and Drama

Writing Muslims

Module code: ESH6026

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Friday 10 am - 12 pm

Contact: Dr Rehana Ahmed
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

In the wake of the Rushdie affair, and especially following 9/11 and 7/7, Muslims have come to figure increasingly as secular modernity┬┐s fundamentalist Other. Beginning with Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and the controversy it sparked, the module will consider a range of contemporary literary representations of Muslims in the context of ongoing debate about the place of Islam in multicultural and largely secular western societies. We will explore how writers of Muslim heritage have responded to and reframed this context, focusing for example on the role of Islam in shaping identity; Islamophobic racism and strategies of anti-racism; the politics of free speech; terror and the `war on terror┬┐; and how race, gender, class, migration and generation impact on and intersect with Muslim identities. As well as developing skills in literary analysis, the module aims to foster an interdisciplinary approach to the texts; we will read them in relation to events that have placed Muslims in the spotlight as well as media coverage of these events, and alongside theoretical and critical material from a range of disciplines.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 100.0% Coursework
Level: 6