Britain Through Muslim Eyes: Literary Representations, by Claire Chambers

By Claire Chambers

What did Britain seem like to the Muslims who visited and lived within the nation in expanding numbers from the overdue eighteenth century onwards? This publication is a literary background of representations of Muslims in Britain from the overdue eighteenth century to the eve of Salman Rushdie's e-book of The Satanic Verses (1988).

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The final feature which is held in common by the nine writers under scrutiny in Part I is this Early Muslim Travel Accounts of Britain 25 concern with maintaining (or flouting) Islam’s prescriptions for feeding, dressing, cleaning, and keeping healthy the Muslim body. Anxieties about eating halal food, wearing modest clothing, and performing appropriate ablutions and rituals come up again and again in the early travel and life writing surveyed here. 1 This manuscript was first produced some time between 1780 and 1784.

1 This manuscript was first produced some time between 1780 and 1784. It was translated and abridged from the Persian into English by James Edward Alexander in 1827, and into the Bengali title Vilayet Nama by Abu Muhammad Habibullah in 1981 (Alexander, 1827; Habibullah, 1981; Haq, 2001: 13). I work here with Kaiser Haq’s The Wonders of Vilayet: Being the Memoir, Originally in Persian, of a Visit to France and Britain in 1765 (I’tesamuddin, 2001), an adept amalgamation and modernization of the two earlier translations.

Thus, the most irreverent, even irreligious, of the writers discussed here, is 40 Britain Through Muslim Eyes comfortable with his Islamic heritage and views Christian habits sometimes with admiration, at other moments pitying amusement, and even in this example as spiritual corruption. Najaf Koolee Meerza (with Reeza Koolee Meerza and Taymoor Meerza) Muslim visitors to Britain were not only from South Asia, but also came from Iran and the Arab countries. ) about his and his brothers Reeza and Taymoor Koolee Meerza’s four-month stay in London in 1836, entitled Journal of a Residence in England, and of a Journey from and to Syria.

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