Claire Chambers

COLUMN: TOURIST ATTACKS

COLUMN: TOURIST ATTACKS

Tourism is one of the industries hit hardest by this coronavirus pandemic. Experts predict that foreign travel may...

Published May 31, 2020 01:38pm
COLUMN: POSTCORONIAL LITERATURE

COLUMN: POSTCORONIAL LITERATURE

The world has swung around and rearranged itself so much since I wrote my last Dawn column that I couldn’t ...

Published Apr 05, 2020 06:27am
COLUMN: BEING DISEMBEDDED

COLUMN: BEING DISEMBEDDED

I spent a life-changing year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the 1990s — a visit I have written about a few times for...

Updated Feb 02, 2020 08:03am
COLUMN: NUSRAT'S IMPACT ON FICTION

COLUMN: NUSRAT'S IMPACT ON FICTION

Recently Rahat Fateh Ali Khan played the arena in my home city of Leeds — four hours of liquid gold vocalisation. ...

Published Dec 01, 2019 08:13am
COLUMN: PEER AND ROY’S KASHMIRS

COLUMN: PEER AND ROY’S KASHMIRS

This August, the Hindu right-wing leader Narendra Modi provocatively revoked India-held Jammu and Kashmir’s (IHK)...

Published Sep 29, 2019 07:09am
COLUMN: QANDEEL’S BURNING EMBERS

COLUMN: QANDEEL’S BURNING EMBERS

The Sensational Life and Death of Qandeel Baloch by Sanam Maher is about to be published in the United Kingdom as A...

Published Jul 28, 2019 07:00am
COLUMN: ELECTRONIC ILLUSIONS

COLUMN: ELECTRONIC ILLUSIONS

In her polyvocal novel The Runaways, Fatima Bhutto examines Pakistan’s fluidity and reinvention in a digital age...

Published May 26, 2019 06:15am
ESSAY: CHRISTCHURCH & OTHER STORIES

ESSAY: CHRISTCHURCH & OTHER STORIES

Two literary academics make the case for the power of storytelling from Muslim perspectives to disrupt Islamophobic

Published Mar 31, 2019 06:59am
COLUMN: FICTION’S REDEMPTIVE POWER

COLUMN: FICTION’S REDEMPTIVE POWER

I’ve just returned from my first Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), having previously attended four in Karachi since...

Published Mar 10, 2019 09:05am
COLUMN: SOCIAL MEDIA AND POWER

COLUMN: SOCIAL MEDIA AND POWER

In my last column I explored what happens to the five senses in a digital age via a reading of Mohsin Hamid’s Exit...

Published Jan 13, 2019 07:23am
COLUMN: ODOUR OF SANCTITY

COLUMN: ODOUR OF SANCTITY

The air that we breathe is axiomatic for something taken for granted. But smells are potent and important, affecting...

Published Jun 15, 2018 07:05am
COLUMN: THE MAGIC TOUCH

COLUMN: THE MAGIC TOUCH

More than halfway through Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif’s lengthy masterpiece In the Eye of the Sun, the...

Published Apr 15, 2018 06:28am
COLUMN: THE POLITICS OF LISTENING

COLUMN: THE POLITICS OF LISTENING

My last monograph, Britain Through Muslim Eyes, as its title suggests, emphasised the Muslim author’s gaze on the...

Published Feb 04, 2018 06:56am
COLUMN: A SCENE IN MANDI BAHAUDDIN

COLUMN: A SCENE IN MANDI BAHAUDDIN

I recently made a flying visit to Pakistan to attend a conference at the University of Sargodha, Mandi Bahauddin...

Published Dec 03, 2017 07:08am
COLUMN: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

COLUMN: HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

I recently met up with British-Pakistani author Qaisra Shahraz at her house in Manchester to discuss The Concubine...

Published Oct 08, 2017 06:38am
COLUMN: EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR

COLUMN: EXIT, PURSUED BY A BEAR

On Aug 14, 1947, the Pakistani nation was born out of boundless bloodshed. What followed — an unprecedented ...

Updated Aug 15, 2017 12:39pm
COLUMN: MANY WRITERS, ONE LOVE

COLUMN: MANY WRITERS, ONE LOVE

As fans of singer Ariana Grande happily exited the Manchester Arena on May 22, a lone assailant blew himself up,...

Published Jun 18, 2017 07:23am
COLUMN: THE AGE OF RAGE

COLUMN: THE AGE OF RAGE

In March, a man drove a car on to London’s Westminster Bridge, killing three and injuring one before fatally...

Updated Apr 30, 2017 07:05am