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Leila Aboulela


Leila Aboulela was born in Cairo in 1964. Her mother was Sudan’s first woman demographer. She grew up in Khartoum and studied economics at Khartoum University and then statistics at the London School of Economics. She started writing while living in Aberdeen with her young children, while her husband worked off-shore. She has written novels and short stories.

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Restraint? Sure. Oppression? Hardly. (article by Aboulela on being a Muslim)
The Ostrich (story by Aboulela)
Glass Enclave (story by Aboulela)
Days Rotate (story by Aboulela)
The Way Home (story by Aboulela)
On Writing Islamic Identity And Being Labeled A Political Writer A Conversation Between Leila Aboulela And Elnathan John


1999 The Translator (novel)
2001 Coloured Lights (stories)
2005 Minaret (novel)
2010 Lyrics Alley (novel)
2016 Kindness of Enemies (novel)
2018 Elsewhere, Home (stories)
2019 Bird Summons (novel)
2023 River Spirit (novel)