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Don't Panic, I'm Islamic
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p2 Arwa Mahdawi, 'A Personal Guide to Extreme Vetting'; p8 Chant Avedissian, 'Are You Talkin' To Me?'; p12 Karl Sharro, 'The Joys of Applying for a US Visa'; p20 James Nunn, 'Colour Abdullah!'; p22 Negin Farsad, 'My Own People Don't Like Me Very Much'; p30 Bidisha, '50 States of America First'; p32 Chris Riddell, 'La La Land'; p34 Hazem Saghieh, 'Trump and Gaddafi'; p36 Molly Crabapple, 'Trumpination'; p38 Omar Hamdi, 'Islam Is Not Spiritual, But Is A Useful Identity'; p40 Esther Manito, 'A Sidon-Gateshead Upbringing (in Essex)'; p44 Hassan Hajjaj, 'Kesh Angels'; p48 Saleem Haddad, 'Do I Understand That You Are A Homosexual, Sir?'; p56 Rana Salam, 'Sexy Souk'; p58 Amrou Al-Kadhi, 'How Islam Taught Me To Be A Drag Queen'; p62 Chaza Charafeddine, 'Divine Comedy'; p66 Leila Aboulela, 'Majed'; p76 Jennifer Jajeh, 'White Like Me'; p84 Hassan Abdulrazzak, 'Tuesday's Child'; p92 Eli Valley, 'Are Nazi Analogies Kosher Today?'; p96 Moris Farhi, 'Of Dolphin Children and Leviathans'; p108 Tammam Azzam, 'From Syria With Love;' p118 Alex Wheatle, 'Shade-ism'; p124 Carol Ann Duffy, 'Comprehensive'; p126 Aisha Mirza, 'Yesterday I Stepped on a White Woman's Yoga Mat'; p132 Laila Shawa, 'Disposable Bodies'; p134 Joumana Haddad, 'The Joke's On Them'; p136 Mazen Kerbaj, 'Cola'; p138 Sabrina Mahfouz, 'Postcard From a Muslim Mermaid'; p146 'Preparing My Kids for the New America'; p150 Alberto Manguel, 'Fabulous Creatures'; p158 Bahia Shebab, 'There Are People'; p164 Sjon, 'The Muslim: A Cautionary Tale'; p167 Afterword; p169 About the Contributors; p180 Permissions;

About the Author

Carol Ann Duffy DBE is a Scottish poet and playwright. She was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in 2009. Among her most notable collections of poetry are the prize-winning Standing Female Nude, Selling Manhattan, Mean Time and Rapture; Chris Riddell is a British writer, creator and renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, Literary Review and New Statesman. He was appointed UK Waterstones Children's Laureate 2015-17; Leila Aboulela is a British Sudanese author. Her work includes The Translator, which was chosen as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times, Minaret and Coloured Lights, for which she was awarded the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000; Alberto Manguel is an internationally acclaimed anthologist, translator, essayist, novelist and editor, and is the author of several award-winning books including A Dictionary of Imaginary Places and A History of Reading. He was born in Buenos Aires, became a Canadian citizen in 1982 and now lives in France, where he was named Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; Sjon is a celebrated Icelandic poet and novelist. His novels have been translated into twenty-five languages and include From the Mouth of the Whale and The Whispering Muse (Telegram). He has won the Nordic Council Literary Prize and was nominated for an Oscar for the lyrics he wrote for Bjork's Dancer in the Dark; Bidisha is a British newspaper journalist, radio and TV broadcaster and presenter. She signed a deal for her first book with HarperCollins when she was just 16 years old. As of spring 2013, she is a trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation; Negin Farsad is an Iranian-American comedian, writer and filmmaker. Negin co-directed and co-starred in the documentary The Muslims Are Coming! and her first musical The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. In 2013 she was appointed a TED fellow; Laila Shawa is a world renowned Palestinian artist. She is represented in public and private collections across the world, including the British Museum in London and the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington DC; Hassan Hajjaj is a British-Moroccan artist working across many platforms. He is a master portrait photographer and his work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the V & A, the Farjam Collection, Dubai, Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris and more; Chant Avedissian is an Armenian-Egyptian artist, he studied fine arts in Montreal and print-making at the Ecole National Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Exhibited widely, his work is held by the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; the British Museum; the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam; the National Museums of Scotland and the National Gallery of Jordan; Hassan Abdulrazzaq is an award-winning Iraqi writer, poet and playwright. Hassan's poems and articles have been widely published and his plays include Baghdad Wedding, The Prophet and most recently Love, Bombs and Apples which toured the UK in 2016; Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese poet, translator, journalist and women's rights activist. She has been selected as one of the world's 100 most powerful Arab women for three years in a row by Arabian Business Magazine for her cultural and social activism. She is founder of Jasad, a quarterly Arabic-language magazine and author of I Killed Scheherazade and Superman is an Arab; Karl Sharro is an architect, satirist and commentator on the Middle East. He is the author of Karl reMarks; a Middle East political and cultural blog with occasional forays into satire. The blog has been featured in The Guardian, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Al-Jazeera, to name a few; Molly Crabapple is an American artist and writer. Her book Drawing Blood was published by HarperCollins. She has drawn in and reported from Guantanamo Bay, Abu Dhabi's migrant labour camps, and in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, the West Bank, and Iraqi Kurdistan. Molly is a contributing editor for VICE and has written for The New York Times, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, CNN and Newsweek; Kevork Mourad is a Syrian a multimedia visual artist. His work has been exhibited across the Middle East, Europe and the United States. His most recent exhibit was at Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, with whom he was also presented at the Art Paris Art Fair in 2015; Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese graphic novelist, painter and musician. His art and drawings have been exhibited in galleries in Beirut and Berlin. In addition he has toured as a trumpet player and has published a number of different comic books, most recently Lettre a la Mere; Sabrina Mahfouz is an award-winning playwright, poet and author who was raised in London and Cairo. She received a Fringe First Award for Chef and won a Sky Arts Academy Poetry Award. Sabrina edited the literary anthology The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write; James Nunn is an artist, book designer and illustrator whose recent work includes The Corbyn Colouring Book. He lives and works in Bath; Moris Farhi is a Turkish author. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice-President of International Pen. He trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and after a brief acting career turned to writing. He was appointed an MBE in 2001 for 'services to literature'. His novels include Journey through the Wilderness, Young Turk and A Designated Man; Eli Valley is an American writer and artist whose work has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The Nib, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Gawker and elsewhere. The 2011 - 2013 Artist in Residence at The Forward newspaper, his art has been labelled 'ferociously repugnant' by Commentary and 'hilarious' by The Comics Journal; Sinan Antoon is an award-winning Iraqi poet and novelist. His articles have appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, and in pan-Arab dailies including al-Hayat, al-Akhbar and as-Safir where he writes a weekly opinion column. His poems and novels have been translated to nine languages. He is also a co-founder and co-editor of the e-zine Jadaliyya.

Reviews

A Sunday Times Best Humour Book of the Year 2017; 'Refreshing and important, this collection is bursting with the creativity, wit and intelligence that voices outside the mainstream can offer. In a world where politics is increasingly driven by divide-and-rule, let's start thinking add and multiply.' Brian Eno; 'Thoughtful and entertaining... this subversive romp into the nuanced world of Muslims is exactly what we need in today's increasingly polarised climate.' Reza Aslan; 'An extraordinary achievement. Fighting back at ignorance with hilarity, ebullience and wit, this collection gracefully exposes the raw hurt that misunderstandings based on stereotypes can cause.' Selma Dabbagh; 'Funny and moving.' Bookwitty; 'the first great anti-Trump book,' Culture Trip; 'a celebratory treasure trove of writing and art,' Metro; `Unique, captivating and entertaining ... While at their core the stories are sad and question humanity's ignorance, they are presented in a stimulating and humorous format designed to both entertain and inform. ... May this book prompt us all to further reflect on how we view and treat others.' Canvas; 'A wonderful, subversive anthology...Don't Panic, I'm Islamic is a fun, easy read that will make you laugh out loud...A welcome antidote to the mainstream stereotyping of millions of people. Read it - and then pass it on.' New Internationalist; `Uses raw humour to fight stereotypes' The Arab Weekly; `The perfect antidote to a year dominated by a Presidential Twitter account.' Sunday Times Best Humour Book of the Year 2017; 'With humility, respect, and great sensitivity, [Di Cintio] seeks out writers, people skilled at telling stories, and asks them to narrate their own situations. The result is a document that captures not only the manifold sorrows and injustices of Palestinian life but something of its beauty, its joys, and its yearning.' Ben Ehrenreich, author of The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine'

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