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Literature and Islamophobia: Three Dutch Muslima Authors Speak Out

Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method Literary Festival panel

There are few places in Europe in which the voices of multiculturalism and Islamophobia have clashed more forcefully than in the Netherlands, often in the most dramatic ways. To name just a few, Pim Fortuyn, Theo Van Gogh, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and most recently Geert Wilders have been very much in the international press over the last decade.

Migrant fiction writers from Muslim backgrounds have played an important role in the debate. We will explore how they see their art as a tool to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and political discourse about integration.

Our panel consists of three bestselling women Muslim writers living and working in the Netherlands.

Naima El-Bezaz (born in Morocco) is an actor and a public lecturer on literature, women's issues, and society. Her novels include Het gelukssyndrome (The Happiness Syndrome) and Vinexvrouwen (Vinexwomen).

Şenay Özdemir (born in Turkey) is a Senior Fellow in the Osgood Center for International studies in Washington DC, the founder of the online SEN magazine – a magazine for Mediterranean women residing in the Netherlands – and was a guest lecturer in the Journalism School in the University of Texas in 2009-10. Her first novel, De Harsculb (The Waxclub) was published in 2009.

Naema Tahir (born in Slough, Great-Britain, of Pakistani descent) also practiced as a human rights lawyer for the United Nations and the Council of Europe and is a guest lecturer in Leiden University and the Middelburg Roosevelt Academy. Her novels include A muslimwoman unveils and Little Green Riding Hood and the Converted Wolf.

This event is organised with the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the Forum for European Philosophy and the Migration Studies Unit.


Naima El Bezaz | talks
Senay Özdemir | talks
Naema Tahir | talks
Chair: Professor Luc Bovens | talks


Date and Time:

19 February 2011 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Wolfson Theatre
New Academic Building
London School of Economics and Political Science

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