Dr. Samar Habib (School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), University of London) “Recovering the Arab Queer: How to a write a historical and “lesbian” novel set in 9th century Iraq (and why does it even matter?)”
Dr. Samar Habib is the author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: histories and representations (Routledge, 2007) and the editor of Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010). Her debut novel, A Tree Like Rain, was published by Nebula Press in 2005, and Rughum & Najda, a ficto-historical narrative of same-sex love between women in ninth century Baghdad, was published by Oracle Releasing in March 2012. A link to her books in our library: http://goo.gl/96lw2r.
[Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature]