Muslims, Resistance, Writing

The relationship between literature and the war on terror is a complicated one. The war on terror has changed the way we talk and write about race, Muslims and colonial legacies. For instance, many choose to emphasise 9/11 as a watershed moment. However, this can be a way to disappear longer histories of Britain’s role in making our reality.


On this panel, we talk to writers whose writing resists the state’s homogenising language of the war on terror through their literary works. We will explore the relationship between resistance and literature and consider the problematic way literature is deployed to signal non-white peoples’ humanity.

How are Muslim writers engaging with their political realities? How are they refusing? Why is reading and writing perceived as ‘civilised’? How is Islamophobia gendered?

Panellists: Sultanah Parvin, Talha Ahsan, Asim Qureshi, Hudda Khaireh and Hafsah Aneela Bashir
Chair: Muneera Pilgrim