Over the past few years, there has been an increase in published Muslamic fiction: fiction written by Muslims that depicts Muslim characters and culture. But, while realistic Muslamic fiction has taken the lead, fantasy — especially historical fantasy — has fallen behind. So when S.A. Chakraborty, author of the Daevabad Trilogy, published The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi, a fantasy novel set in the twelfth-century Indian Ocean world, Muslim bookstagram was set abuzz with excitement. Continue reading The Limits of Sin in Fantasy: A Book Review of The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi
It’s not uncommon to hear Herbert’s name alongside other pioneers in modern genre fiction, the likes of J.R.R Tolkien and C.S Lewis. The book, however, is not lauded on all fronts. It has its critics as well as its fans and even so, much of what people tend to enjoy about the novel has to do with the wider project of Herbert’s literary Universe and the depth of craft in his worldbuilding, as opposed to the narrative alone. Continue reading To Arrakis and Back: Frank Herbert’s Dune in Retrospect
A Book Review of The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. One of the factors that has distinguished the literary tradition in the Muslim world from that of the cultural West for much of the past millennium is the modality adopted by popular literature. Continue reading Faith and Fantasy: Is Islamic Fiction Viable?