Examining a wide range of genres, including vels, memoirs, travel writing and journalism, this book explores representations of Muslims and Islam in modern English literature. The relationship between Islam and the West is one of the most urgent and hotly debated issues of our time. This book is the first to offer a comprehensive overview of the way in which Muslims are represented within modern English writing, ranging from the vel, through memoir and travel writing to journalism. Covering a wide range of texts and authors, it scrutinises the identity 'Muslim' by looking at its inscription in recent and contemporary literary writing within the context of significant events like the Rushdie Affair, the Gulf War and 9/11. Examining the wide range of writing internationally that takes Islam or Islamic cultures as its focus, the authors discuss the representation of Muslim identity in writing by n-Muslim writers, former Muslim 'native informants', and practising Muslims.
Geoffrey Nash is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Sunderland, UK. His books include The Anglo-Arab Encounter (Peter Lang, 2007) and The Arab Writer in English (1998)