Claire Chambers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLUMN: The Rawalpindi camp

In my last column I wrote about the artistic depictions of Pakistan’s capital. Stark contrasts are to be found in... Published Feb 26, 2017 07:17am

Silent and seething

In South Asian writing, the earthly paradise often acquires a hellish appearance when juxtaposed with reality Published Nov 06, 2016 06:47am

Children of equal gods

With works that dwelt on identifying violence in the colonial system, Frantz Fanon did not just theorise but also fought Published Sep 04, 2016 07:55am