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Crossing the Threshold of Egyptian Science Fiction: The Half-Humans, where Star Wars meets Sindbad’s Seven Journeys

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:41:00 +0000

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD The Egyptian science fiction novel The Great Space Saga: The Half-Humans, penned and published originally in 2001, is being dusted off for a contemporary and international audience with an English translation. The author, Dr. Hosam Abd Al-Hamid El-Zembely, is an avowed fan of Star Wars. He fell in love with … Continue reading Crossing the Threshold of Egyptian Science Fiction: The Half-Humans, where Star Wars meets Sindbad’s Seven Journeys



Mr. Spock Bhangra -Balay Balay Balay!

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:32:10 +0000

‘ What is better than Mr. Spock on the Enterprise? It is of course Mr. Spock doing Bhangra and dancing to the beat of Punjabi songs in Pakistan – Balay! Balay! Balay! The text reads – Balay Balay Star Trek. This is part of the series that we posted last week. Be sure to buy … Continue reading Mr. Spock Bhangra -Balay Balay Balay!



Star Trek Pakistani Truck Art

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:02:36 +0000

As promised on Twitter, here is more original content from Islam and Sci-Fi. Here is a design of the Starship Enterprise in the style of Truck Art from Pakistan. This is the result of my collaboration with B Ali. Truck Art is a traditional art form from South Asia (Pakistan and India) where folk artists … Continue reading Star Trek Pakistani Truck Art



Jinnealogy by Anand Vivek Taneja

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 16:14:39 +0000

While not exactly Science Fiction, this book by Anand Taneja would be of interest to the audience of Islam and Science Fiction. Jinns are supernatural creatures in Islamic beliefs that have sentience and free-will like human beings. Professor Taneja from Vanderbilt University explores how the living interact with the Jinns in medieval ruins in Delhi. Here … Continue reading Jinnealogy by Anand Vivek Taneja



Islam Sci-Fi Interview of Algerian Fantasy Author Djamel Jiji

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:51:06 +0000

Questions for Algeria’s Premier Fantasy Writer Djamel Jiji Interview conducted by Emad El-Din Aysha. SYNOPSIS The Invaders of Dreams tells the story Jasmine, a little girl of six years old, who witnessed the horrific deaths of her father and her best friend Sara during a raid on her village in a unnamed Arab land under … Continue reading Islam Sci-Fi Interview of Algerian Fantasy Author Djamel Jiji



Rumi, Bulleh Shah, and The Last Jedi

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:52:42 +0000

Guest post by Jahanzeb from Hearts of Khyber on the new Star Wars movie and Islam. Parh parh ilm hazaar kitaaban qaddi apnay aap nou parhiya naee... Yes, you have read thousands of books But you have never tried to read your own self... ~ Bulleh Shah There is a moment in The Last Jedi that touches … Continue reading Rumi, Bulleh Shah, and The Last Jedi



Science Fiction and the Civic Imagination

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:02:48 +0000

The transcript of the panel on Science Fiction and the Civic Imagination that I was a part of earlier this year is now online. You can read the whole transcript in Part 1 and Part 2. Here is a relevant excerpt. Mohammed: So, I guess part of reimagining the future is actually reimagining the past as … Continue reading Science Fiction and the Civic Imagination



Utopias and Dystopias from the Muslim World

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:18:21 +0000

Last weekend, I remotely gave a talk at the Mecahdemica Conference on Science Fiction Utopias from the Muslim World. The slides for my presentation is at the bottom of this post. Future as the Present: Science Fiction Utopias and Dystopias from the Muslim World Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Abstract: The utopias and dystopias produced by the Muslim world … Continue reading Utopias and Dystopias from the Muslim World



At Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:28:20 +0000

I will be presenting a paper on Utopias and Dystopias in Islamicate Science Fiction (i.e., Science Fiction from the Islamic world) at the Mechademia International Conference in Minneapolis. I will be presenting remotely from Seattle. Here is the abstract of my paper: Future as the Present: Science Fiction Utopias and Dystopias from the Muslim World Muhammad … Continue reading At Mechademia Conference on Asian Popular Cultures



The Fiqh of Marrying Mermaids by Zainab bint Younus

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 23:08:40 +0000

The Fiqh of Marrying Mermaids (or: A Tale of the Hoori of the Sea) By Zainab bint Younus “Bismillaahir’Rahmaan arRaheem… Ithaa waqa’ati’l waaqi’ah…” On a small boat in the ocean, a lone man stood in prayer, bearded and regal even in the depths of the night. His voice fell and rose with the cadence of … Continue reading The Fiqh of Marrying Mermaids by Zainab bint Younus