Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. The 1990s: ‘It Was Only Through Touch That We Really Knew Things’

  3. Smelling and Tasting the 2000s

  4. Taking Soundings in the Technologized 2010s

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-302

About this book


This book is the sequel to Britain Through Muslim Eyes and examines contemporary novelistic representations of and by Muslims in Britain. It builds on studies of the five senses and ‘sensuous geographies’ of postcolonial Britain, and charts the development since 1988 of a fascinating and important body of fiction by Muslim-identified authors. It is a selective literary history, exploring case-study novelistic representations of and by Muslims in Britain to allow in-depth critical analysis through the lens of sensory criticism. It argues that, for authors of Muslim heritage in Britain, writing the senses is often a double-edged act of protest. Some of the key authors excoriate a suppression or cover-up of non-heteronormativity and women’s rights that sometimes occurs in Muslim communities. Yet their protest is especially directed at secular culture’s ocularcentrism and at successive British governments’ efforts to surveil, control, and suppress Muslim bodies.


Muslims in Britain Britain Through Muslim Eyes Muslim authors Ahdaf Soueif In the Eye of the Sun Hanif Kureishi The Black Album Nadeem Aslam Maps for Lost Lovers Monica Ali Brick Lane Leila Aboulela Yasmin Crowther Robin Yassin-Kassab Tabish Khair Just Another Jihadi Jane Kamila Shamsie Home Fire Mohsin Hamid Exit West

Authors and affiliations

  • Claire Chambers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of English and Related LiteratureUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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