How about Electric Shadows: the art of the story

Professor Aamer Hussein (Research Associate, SOAS, University of London)

Date: 11 December 2014Time: 5:30 PM
Finishes: buy viagra cheap 11 December 2014Time: 8:30 PM
Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G51
Type of Event: Seminar
Series: Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue


On the occasion of the publication of a retrospective selection of his stories, acclaimed author Aamer Hussein will speak about, and read from, the stories he has written over three decades.


Aamer Hussein was born and brought up in Karachi, and moved to England in 1970 at the age of 15. A graduate of SOAS, where he studied Farsi with Professor Lambton, he later studied languages and philosophy. He is the author of six volumes of short stories, a novel, and a novella. He writes in
both English and Urdu. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a Professorial Fellow at the University of Southampton.

Spring Literature Festival: Cultural Confluences

Spring Literature Festival: Cultural Confluences

Various Speakers

Date: 7 March 2015Time: 10:00 AM

Finishes: 7 March 2015Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: B102

Type of Event: Festival

Series: Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue



Culture is one of the most complex and contested words in the dictionary. With meanings encompassing both artistic endeavour and the broader fabric of everyday life, culture has recently been a site of conflict; it has been elevated to a definitive marker of  identity by some, while cultural difference has been cited by others as the main source of dissension and conflict in the world today.This one-day literary festival brings together writers from a number of cultural background, all of whom have interrogated in their work the nature of culture and intercultural experience. As well as forming their subject matter, culture envelops the processes by which their work is circulated and consumed. Their experience as creators of culture also gives them a unique insight into the processes and pitfalls of producing literary art in the modern world.

Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representations

Claire Chambers discusses her new co-edited book, Imagining Muslims in South Asia and the Diaspora: Secularism, Religion, Representation (Routledge 2014). Topics in the discussion include: the impact of Islamophobia as reflected in literature; questions of ‘authenticity’ and the right to speak; the longer history of the South Asian Muslim presence in Britain and the emergence of distinctive cultures; the rise of Muslim-themed film and television comedy; the recent flowering of Pakistani writing in English and the relationship between variants of practice and belief, from devout to ‘cultural’ or ‘secular’ Muslims. Claire also gives an outline of the themes covered in the book’s cialis generique essays, such as: women’s fiction; the representation of young Muslims; the legacy of Al Andalus; the Kashmir controversy; Islamophobia and stereotypes; and queer Muslim identities.

The Art of Integration

‘Islam in England's green and pleasant land'

Photographs by Peter Sanders

21st April – 20th June 2015


'The Art of Integration, Islam in England's green and pleasant land', shows an alternative picture of Muslims integrated completely within British society and is a graceful and visually poetic reminder that Muslims have been part of British life for well over a century, have made and continue to make an important contribution to the United Kingdom’s rich cultural diversity. Contrary to the headlines and editorializing, the vast majority of Muslims live peacefully and productively in Britain and many have significantly enriched the intellectual and cultural landscape of this great island nation.

Peter Sanders captures a few of these wonderful people: physicians, scholars, writers, teachers, calligraphers, rock and folk-rock icons, a city councilor, award-winning architect, publisher, sculptor, graffiti artist, cosmetician, police constable, fashion designer, driver, Etonians, Oxbridgians, and many others. The architectural influences from the Muslim world expressed in Leighton House, the Shah Jehan Mosque in Woking and a Turkish bath in the shadow of the Gherkin contribute to the pageant of images in this beautiful and vibrant photographic essay.

The book 'The Art of Integration, Islam in England's green and pleasant land' will be available from the SOAS Bookshop and more information on the project can be found at: for more information about Peter Sanders and his work, please visit:

The exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue research project in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Pakistan, SOAS and Mosaic Associates.

There will be an accompanying panel discussion ‘You've seen the bad news, now see the good’ on the 5th May with speakers: Peter Sanders, Farah Pandith, Navid Akhtar, Imam Monawar and Shaykh Babakir. Further details will be available here:


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Positioning Sufiana Kalam at Bradford Literature Festival

Irna Qureshi and Syima Aslam

Date: 13 November 2014Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 13 November 2014Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College BuildingsRoom: G51

Type of Event: Seminar

Series: Muslims, Trust and Cultural Dialogue


There has been a rise in the popularity of the public performance of Sufi poetry among diasporic South Asian communities, including among more orthodox Muslim Pakistanis in England. Renowned Pakistani singers such as Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Abida Parveen have not only popularised the form in Pakistan and India, but among world music circles too. Earlier this year, British Asian music’s biggest stars, Yo Yo Honey Singh and Mika Singh’s version of the centuries old classic Sufi anthem, ‘Damadum Mast Kalandar’ reached the top of the BBC Asian Network’s download chart, and in doing so, introduced Sufiana Kalam to a new generation of Hindu, Muslim and Sikh listeners.

Against the backdrop of Islamophobic stereotypes in Britain today, Sufism remains the attractive, accessible and liberal face of Islam. With this in mind, the directors of a ground breaking literature festival in Bradford are looking to use the devotional verse of Muslim mystics to promote respect and understanding between the different communities in Bradford, and to change the perception of the city’s Muslims.

The Bradford Literature Festival had its launch weekend in September 2014 and will run next year from 15th to 24th May 2015. The festival is a celebration of the written and spoken word, reflecting the cultural sensibilities of Bradford’s diverse demographic. According to the 2011 Census, Bradford is home to the largest proportion (20.4%) of Pakistanis in England, a quarter of the district’s population, and making it the fourth highest proportion of Muslims in the UK.

It is therefore fitting that the festival should devote a significant proportion of programming to celebrating Pakistan’s literary heritage, culture and languages, as well as emphasising Islam’s rich literary and artistic tradition. The aim is to dispel Islamophobic stereotypes, contribute to the Muslim community’s self-esteem, reduce feelings of marginalisation and encourage engagement with viagra belgique the arts.

This seminar will focus on the potential of Sufiana Kalam to help young British Muslims to develop a sense of identity and pride in their cultural heritage; to help older generations to cut across barriers of class, literacy and cultural engagement; as well as appeal to the literature festival’s broader non-Muslim audience throughout West Yorkshire. The literary festival engages with themes of trust and dialogue, given our audience base and the particular issues we face in Bradford. In this combined presentation we offer a community perspective from the ground.


Irna Qureshi

Irna Qureshi

Irna Qureshi is co-director of the Bradford Literature Festival. As an ethnographer, writer and oral historian, she specialises in British Asian arts, culture and identity. She has collaborated on several exhibitions and books on these themes, including ‘Coming of Age: 21 Years of Mela in the UK’ and ‘The Grand Trunk Road: From Delhi to the Khyber Pass’. Her personal essays have appeared in Critical Muslim, South Asian Popular Culture, The Guardian’s Northerner Blog and New Statesman.

Syima Aslam

Syima Aslam

Syima Aslam has over 15 years’ experience as a marketeer, specialising in grassroots and multi-channel marketing. As an audience engagement specialist based in Bradford, she has programmed numerous arts and cultural events for diverse communities. Currently, she is combining her background and expertise with her love of literature - classic as well as contemporary, English as well as Urdu - to develop a groundbreaking literature festival for Bradford. The festival as well providing mainstream events devotes a significant proportion of its programming to celebrating Pakistan’s literary heritage, culture and languages, and emphasising Islam’s rich literary and artistic tradition through accessible mediums such as Sufiana Kalam.

Organiser: Centre for the Study of Pakistan

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