Head Above Water: Shahd Alshammari Exploring the Disabled Body 

April 27, 2022

This week is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week which runs from 25th April to 1st May. It provides an opportunity to highlight what is often an invisible and misunderstood condition, currently affectin…

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In Conversation with Shahd Alshammari, author of Head Above Water. 

April 19, 2022

From her research on illness narratives and disability studies comes a thoughtful reflection on a personal journey with Multiple Sclerosis. Kuwaiti-Palestinian author and academic, Dr Shahd Alshammari…

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What is Multiple Sclerosis, an insight into Shahd Alshammari’s Head Above Water. 

March 18, 2022

Shahd Alshammari’s upcoming memoir, Head Above Water takes us into intimate conversations on illness and society’s stigmatization of disabled bodies. We are invited to ask the big questions about life…

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Female Authors and Characters that inspire us on International Women’s Day 2022.

March 8, 2022

This International Women’s Day we are spotlighting some of our favourite female characters and authors that inspire us. From Sara in The Three Hares: The Jade Dragonball to Pâtca in The Book of Perilo…

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Interview with Literary Translator James Christian Brown 

February 21, 2022

To celebrate International Mother-Language Day we interviewed literary translator James Christian Brown. He tells us all about his journey into becoming a book translator, his recent work translating…

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Q&A with Doina Rusti, author of The Book of Perilous Dishes.

February 17, 2022

With less than one month until the publication day for The Book of Perilous Dishes, we wanted to celebrate by interviewing Doina Rusti all about her journey as an author, the inspiration behind this d…

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Coping With The Loss Of A Loved One This Christmas 

December 13, 2021

There’s nothing quite like spending time with loved ones in the Christmas holidays. The festive season is for gathering together with family and friends.   But for others, the holidays can be an incre…

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16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence 

December 10, 2021

Over the last sixteen days Hira Ali has been sharing key tips on her Instagram (@advancingyourpotential) from her latest book Her Allies: A Practical Toolkit to Help Men Lead Through Advocacy. She’s u…

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In the news

We love to read more about the topics our authors write about or just explore interesting news items! Here are some things that have caught our eye recently.

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Translation Takeover with James Christian Brown

Meet James Christian Brown, translator of The Book of Perilous Dishes. In this video James tells us what it is like to work as a literary translator, how he met author Doina Rusti and what it was like translating her novel, The Book of Perilous Dishes.

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Multiple Sclerosis and its Literary Representation: A Talk with Reema Humood

“As a disabled female academic living with (and researching) MS, I sat down with the author to discuss her novel’s gendered elements of disability. In particular, I wanted to know more about her position as abled-bodied author and her choice of MS as the protagonist’s disease.”

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‘Disability differs when you are an Arab’: Shifting obsolete notions of disability within the Arab world

Disability rights in MENA: Raya al-Jadir, co-founder of disability lifestyle magazine Disability Horizons elaborates on the archaic perception of the disabled within in the Arab World, and what needs to change to encourage a more inclusive future.

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Rosie Goldsmith Reads an Extract from The Book of Perilous Dishes

Rosie Goldsmith Reads an Extract from The Book of Perilous Dishes by Doina Rusti.

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Muslims criticise TikTok trend of Western women wearing headscarves

Muslims criticise TikTok balaclava trend - sparked by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala - saying Western women wearing headscarves are viewed as 'cute' and 'trendy' yet those who wear the hijab often face discrimination

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“Balaclavas don’t get banned, but hijabs do”: why some Muslim women are finding the balaclava trend problematic

Hafsa Lodi, journalist and author of Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, discusses how the balaclava trend highlights the double-standards of the fashion industry.

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Discussing the paradox of ‘Modest Fashion’

Modest fashion is a growing, global multi-billion-dollar market that is appearing at high-profile fashion shows, on celebrities, and in the headlines of fashion publications and major news outlets around the world. SOAS alumnae Nour Saleh, founder of Art Breath, and Hafsa Lodi, writer, journalist and author of the book “Modesty – A Fashion Paradox” held a virtual discussion for the SOAS Alumni Book Club on 24 November to address crucial questions about the rise of the modest fashion industry, and what it means for the future of fashion, women and their role in society.

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Men who want to be good allies to women often get it wrong – but don’t give up trying

With many sobering conversations around ending violence against women and girls taking place this year, you might have heard of the term ‘male ally’ – it refers to any man willing to advocate for and speak up in support of gender equality.

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