Date: 15 March 2011 Time: 17.00-18.00
Venue: IAS Meeting Room 1
African Studies Group Research Seminar
Representations of Islamism in North African Fiction
Lindsey Moore (English)
5pm, Tuesday 15 March 2011
IAS Meeting Room 1
This paper is a reflection on selected material engaging Islamism as theme, context, organizing ideology and/or object of interpretation or critique, catalogued as part of a research project entitled 'Islamism in Arab Fiction & Film, 1947 to the present'.
The paper will explore representations of Islamism in contemporary novels set in twentieth-century North African contexts that are available in English, with particular reference to Alaa Al-Aswany's The Yacoubian Building.
Our project team started from the premise that Arab fiction and film should offer compelling accounts of how the interface between the dominant religion, on the one hand, and national and regional politics, on the other, has been defined in the Arab world in recent decades; of who inhabits that defined space; what motivates him or her; and how he/she communicates his/her beliefs and actions to others. This paper will consider how, why and for whom Islamism is narrated in my selected material.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: European Languages and Cultures