Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic! How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

07 feb 2018 kl. 19:00 - 20:30

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Rd, N1 9DY London


Contributors to this provocative and at times laugh-out-loud funny collection of subversive pieces challenge preconceptions of what it is to be a Muslim. Featuring Bidisha and Esther Manito.

How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can’t trust the media any longer, but there’s no need to fret: on 7 February we will attempt to answer all your questions.

Read Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic to learn how you too can spot an elusive Islamist. Discover how Arabs (even 21-year-old, largely innocuous and totally adorable ones) plant bombs and get tips about how to interact with Homeland Security, which may or may not involve funny discussions about your sexuality.

Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic includes cartoons, graffiti, photography, colouring in pages, memoir, short stories and more by 34 contributors from around the world. Provocative and at times laugh-out-loud funny, these subversive pieces are an explosion of expression, creativity and colour.

Join us and critically acclaimed comedian Esther Manito for some stand-up comedy. Included in Don't Panic, I'm Islamic, which was published by Saqi Books this summer in response to Trump's 'Muslim ban,' Esther will later be joined by journalist, author and broadcaster Bidisha and other published writers from Don't Panic, I'm Islamic for a lively look at what the arts and comedy can do to combat stereotypes and regressive identity politics.

Copies of Don't Panic I'm Islamic: Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door, published by Saqi Books in partnership with Arts Council England and the Arab British Centre, will be available to purchase on the night.

Contributors: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Leila Aboulela, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Shadi Alzaqzouq, Chant Avedissian, Tammam Azzam, Bidisha, Chaza Charafeddine, Molly Crabapple, Carol Ann Duffy, Moris Farhi, Negin Farsad, Joumana Haddad, Saleem Haddad, Hassan Hajjaj, Omar Hamdi, Jennifer Jajeh, Sayed Kashua, Mazen Kerbaj, Arwa Mahdawi, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alberto Manguel, Esther Manito, Aisha Mirza, James Nunn, Chris Riddell, Hazem Saghieh, Rana Salam, Karl Sharro, Laila Shawa, Bahia Shehab, Sjón, Eli Valley, Alex Wheatle.

A Sunday Times Best Humour Book of the Year 2017
‘Bursting with creativity, wit and intelligence’ Brian Eno

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