The Latest: 28.1 | Narratives

Merryl Wyn Davies argues that narrative, the weaving of information into world pictures, is integral to cultures; Brad Bullock suggests that the foundation for the emergence of President Trump was laid decades ago; Leyla Jagiella claims that heart is more sacrosanct than beliefs and rituals; Nur Sobers-Khan dreams some pleasant and not so pleasant dreams; C Scott Jordan dissects the lie that keeps America together; Hassan Mahamdallie heeds an urban legend from the streets of Baghdad; and the art of Norhayati Kaprawi.

When we come to a true realisation that ‘God knows best’ then we also come to an understanding that knows that each single human being carries his or her own story.

Here’s a story about how the United States elected Donald Trump. For many educated, thinking US citizens, Trump’s victory wasn’t just stunning, it was unthinkable, and it remains somewhat incomprehensible.

There has been a trend for some time within Islamic Studies, and amongst Muslim diaspora communities, of condemning rationalist narratives of our identities, religion, and history.

It is such a strange word. Even by English standards. Swastika. This odd combination of consonants and vowels makes for something almost as startling as the symbol itself.

In Ahmed Saadawi’s award-winning novel Frankenstein in Baghdad, Hadi the rag-and-bone man picks through the debris and carnage after the daily explosions and suicide attacks terrorising his city.

Norhayati Kaprawi, or Yati, as she is affectionately known, is a Muslim woman artist-activist from Malaysia. Trained as a civil engineer in Wales in the 1980s, she transitioned into full-time activism in the early 2000s.