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CM28: Narratives

Merryl Wyn Davies argues that narrative, the weaving of information into world pictures, is integral to cultures, Jeremy Henzell Thomas explores the complexity of simple stories, Brad Bullock suggests that the foundation for the emergence of President Trump was laid decades ago, Burçin Mustafa struggles with translations, Irna Qureshi relates the forgotten histories of halwa loving folks, Leyla Jagiella claims that heart is more sacrosanct than beliefs and rituals, Giles Goddard recalls how he was indoctrinated in the narrative of British imperialism, Nicholas Masterton listens to the stories that architecture and buildings reveal, Nur Sobers-Khan dreams some pleasant and not so pleasant dreams, Sabrina Stallone extolls the courage of the women of Rawabi, Onaiza Drabu asks Muslims how they see Islam and how Muslim do they feel, C Scott Jordan dissects the lie that keeps America together, Boyd Tonkin wonders why, two millennia later, Antigone still captivates us, Shanon Shah reads a new biography of Ibn Khaldun, Hassan Mahamdallie heeds an urban legend from the streets of Baghdad, and Samia Rahman mythologises family narratives.
 
Also in this issue: representations of Afghanistan, Being British, a short story by Tam Hussein, the art of Norhayati Kaprawi, and Shazia Mirza’s non-list of Muslim
 
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In this issue

Shazia Mirza's Comedians

Do you remember when we did the things we were supposed to do? The things that brought us all respect, status, money and a good quality husband ...

Introduction: Stories we are heirs to by Merryl Wyn Davies

Let me tell you a story… To begin at the beginning. I’ll tell you how it was… In the beginning there was talking. ...

Simple stories, complex facts by Jeremy Henzell-Thomas

When I was studying history at ‘A’ level in 1964, our syllabus identified 1492 as the year in which ‘Modern ...

Halwa Histories by Irna Qureshi

Every week, when my maternal grandmother completed an entire recitation of the Qur’an, she petitioned that the reward for her effort be ...

God Knows Best by Leyla Jagiella

I want to begin with a story. And, I have to admit, this is not my story. It was originally composed in the year 1627 by the Ottoman poet ...

Building Chronicles by Nicholas Masterton

In 2012, 259 people died inside a garment factory in Karachi, Pakistan. It was a day when workers were collecting their salaries, so the ...

Dreaming by Nur Sobers-Khan

There has been a trend for some time within Islamic Studies, and amongst Muslim diaspora communities, of condemning rationalist narratives of ...