SF & Extraction November Reading Group: SF & The Middle East

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Zhavedan Hasan Ibn Abdul Lat

The November session of our SF & Extraction reading group will take place on November 15th, 7-8.30 pm UK time over Zoom. As always, all are welcome. A Zoom link will be disseminated via our newsletter and Facebook group (see the About page for more details).

In terms of reading/viewing material, we have selected three short texts as core materials for the session. In addition, there is a selection of bonus material for people to engage with if they have the time and inclination to do so.

Core Texts
Sofia Samatar, “Tender” (short story)
Sophia Al-Maria, excerpt from “The Future Was Desert, Part I” (video art)
Haris Durrani, “The Muslimness of Dune: A Close Reading of “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune”” (article)

Bonus Texts
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, “Tomorrow We Inherit the Earth: Textile work and installations” (visual art)
Abbas Rattani, “ALHAMDU | MUSLIM FUTURISM” (video)
Sophia Al-Maria, excerpt from “The Future Was Desert, Part II” (video art, requires free Vimeo account or sign-in via social media)
Sofia Samatar, “Cities of Emerald, Deserts of Gold” (short story)
Jordan S. Carroll, “Race Consciousness: Fascism and Frank Herbert’s “Dune”” (article)

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