Monsters of the Muslim World
DATE / TIME
10 Nov, Sat
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
VENUENational Gallery Singapore, Rooftop Studios
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FESTIVAL PASS EVENT
This session is in English
From Frankenstein’s creature to the pontianak, monsters are eternal tropes in literature and folk narratives across cultures. The diversity of literary monsters is only rivalled by the multitude of functions they serve – to scare us, to invite sympathy and to test the limits of the human imagination. This reading workshop explores the multifarious meanings behind the contemporary monsters as imagined by authors hailing from Muslim cultures – a productive venture considering how Islamophobia in today’s context has sometimes led to Muslims themselves being imagined as grotesque or monstrous.
This session is supported by the Singapore Book Council. Please click here to register as seats are limited.
Dr Nazry Bahrawi is senior lecturer at Singapore University of Technology and Design, specialising in the study of Muslim texts and thoughts along the Indian Ocean. He is an associate editor of Critical Muslim and a co-founder of the Bras Basah Open, a collective for discussing critical theory and philosophy in Singapore. He has translated two Malay literary works into English, while his op-ed commentaries have appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, South China Morning Post and Today.Nazry Bahrawi is featured in the following SWF event(s):