Seeking Ilm on the Silk Road

Foyle, N. (2015) Seeking Ilm on the Silk Road. In: Critical Muslim: Educational Reform. Hurst and Co., London. ISBN 978-1849045421

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This personal essay explores my use of Islamic tropes in The Gaia Chronicles, a science fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel parallel Mesopotamia. Drawing on historical and literary research, as well as my travels and human rights activism in the Middle East, I discuss my attempts to address the issue of cultural appropriation, and avoid Orientalist and Islamophobic stereotypes in my work. Ultimately, by highlighting in my fiction the shared values and mythic narratives of the three Abrahamic religions, I hope that the books will contribute to greater mutual understanding between cultures we are often told are ‘at war’.

Publication Type: Book Sections
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creative Writing, Science Fiction, Islamic Studies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Feminist science fiction, Afrofuturism and Science Fiction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
Depositing User: Naomi Foyle
Date Deposited: 09 May 2016 13:12
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 12:37

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