Minaret (2005)

Minaret

 

 

The second book we will be discussing on 29th May 2013 is Leila Aboulela’s Minaret (2005). On this page, you will find some resources and questions from Dr Claire Chambers (University of York) which you may find illuminate your reading experience.

 

 

Book club podcast

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Book 2 - Leila Aboulela | 1 comment

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 Minaret. [ 44:03 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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Veiling in Minaret and Leila Aboulela’s own life

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Book 2 - Leila Aboulela | 0 comments

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 didn’t wear it in Sudan. In Sudan, all my friends at university were liberal and left-leaning, and they would have been just shocked if I had started to...

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Suggested further reading…

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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 described as a ‘Muslim Jane Eyre’, and contains discussion of themes including religious faith, romance, and (as suggested by the title) language and...

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Web Resources on Leila Aboulela

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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 Muslim woman reader. The Comments section below the review is also interesting. Robin Yassin-Kassab reviews Lyrics Alley for Wasafiri British-Syrian...

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Discussion Points

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Book 2 - Leila Aboulela | 6 comments

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; and community support. How convincing do you find her representations, and how do they differ from the depictions often seen in the media? 3. What do...

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