Book club podcast

Book club podcast

Jun 09

Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of Minaret. The discussion makes reference to the CWWA Book Club discussion points, but ranges widely as book club members provide their own responses to this novel. Do you agree or disagree with any of the issues raised? Dr Susan Watkins joins the Leeds Metropolitan University Book Club for a discussion of Min

Veiling in Minaret and Leila Aboulela’s own life

Veiling in Minaret and Leila Aboulela’s own life

May 07

In my interview with Leila from my book British Muslim Fictions, I asked her about her attitudes towards religion, and veiling. Here is a quotation from Leila’s answers for you to think about: ‘Najwa was highly secular and then she became very religious, whereas in my own life it was more in the middle. But yes, I mean, I started to wear the hijab [headscarf] when I came to Britain; I...

Suggested further reading…

Suggested further reading…

May 07

If you like Leila Aboulela’s Minaret you might also like… Leila Aboulela, The Translator (1999) This is Aboulela’s first novel and the precursor to Minaret; it was longlisted for the IMPAC and Orange Prizes. The Translator is about a love affair between a Sudanese translator, Sammar, and her employer, the Scottish lecturer Rae Isles, and is set in Aberdeen and Khartoum. It has been...

Web Resources on Leila Aboulela

Web Resources on Leila Aboulela

May 07

Leila-Aboulela.com This website is the official site for Leila Aboulela and her work. It contains many materials of interest for those new to Aboulela’s work and those with an academic interest in her fiction, including a short biography, details of her published novels and stories, and a useful News page. Muslimah Media Watch This website contains a fascinating response to Minaret from a...

Discussion Points

Discussion Points

May 07

1. At one point in the novel, Tamer asserts that ‘being a Muslim is my identity’. What do you understand by the word ‘identity’? How far does the word ‘Muslim’ go towards describing the identity of the characters in Minaret? 2. Think about Leila Aboulela’s depictions of the following aspects of the Muslim religion: the mosque; prayer; Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca); Ramadan fasting;...