CM28: Narratives


Merryl Wyn Davies argues that narrative, the weaving of information into world pictures, is integral to cultures, Jeremy Henzell Thomas explores the complexity of simple stories, Brad Bullock suggests that the foundation for the emergence of President Trump was laid decades ago, Burçin Mustafa struggles with translations, Irna Qureshi relates the forgotten histories of halwa loving folks, Leyla Jagiella claims that heart is more sacrosanct than beliefs and rituals, Giles Goddard recalls how he was indoctrinated in the narrative of British imperialism, Nicholas Masterton listens to the stories that architecture and buildings reveal, Nur Sobers-Khan dreams some pleasant and not so pleasant dreams, Sabrina Stallone extolls the courage of the women of Rawabi, Onaiza Drabu asks Muslims how they see Islam and how Muslim do they feel, C Scott Jordan dissects the lie that keeps America together, Boyd Tonkin wonders why, two millennia later, Antigone still captivates us, Shanon Shah reads a new biography of Ibn Khaldun, Hassan Mahamdallie heeds an urban legend from the streets of Baghdad, and Samia Rahman mythologises family narratives.

Also in this issue: representations of Afghanistan, Being British, a short story by Tam Hussein, the art of Norhayati Kaprawi, and Shazia Mirza’s non-list of Muslim comedians.

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