November 11, 2017

Published in the NewStatesman

This week Tesco released it Christmas advert for 2017, featuring snapshots of British families preparing, eating and squabbling over the Christmas turkey. It portrayed families with different races, classes, ages and sexual orientations, bu...

October 24, 2017

Channel 4's My Week as a Muslim was a preposterous conception from the first minute, providing a platform for racism, brownface, crude caricatures, ethnocentrism and general all-round offence. 

It was built on the antiquated, imperialist concept that a person of colou...

April 25, 2017

The Arab Literature (in English) blog interviewed me about my upcoming novel The Watermelon Boys (currently on submission in the UK). We discussed the duality of British-Iraqi identity and literature, as well as the echoes and effects of colonialism that are still pres...

April 18, 2017

You must do your research before you visit England these days. In a country gripped by the Brexit Blues, it is very easy to cause unintended offence, as I found out on my ride from Heathrow Airport to my hotel in the traditional town of Windsor.

A few minutes into the d...

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