Zoom Lecture/Webinar: Feminism, Faith, and Patriarchy in Fantasy: The Khorasan Archives

When: Thursday, October 15th, 6:30 pm

Speaker:  Ausma Zehanat Khan

Join us for a conversation with award-winning author Ausma Zehanat Khan as she discusses her fantasy series The Khorasan Archives.

Ausma Zehanat Khan is the author of mysteries and fantasies. Her critically acclaimed mystery series figures the Pakistani-Canadian inspector Esa Khattak and his partner Rachel Getty, solving crimes that involve Human Rights violations, such as the mysterious death of a war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995, in The Unquiet Death, or, in her most recent novel A Deadly Divide, a mass shooting at a Mosque in Quebec and the after-effects of a rising tide of Islamophobia in both the province and the nation. In an effort to increase readers’ understanding of the historical and political context her mysteries, Khan supplements them with brief postscripts, providing historical background and suggestions for further readings.

As an author of fantasy, Khan has produced three novels in her prospective Khorasan Quartet, involving the Companions of Hira, a group of heroic women who use their magical power to defeat an oppressive, patriarchal regime. Khan has also written a non-fiction book, Ramadan, for middle-grade students, and served as Editor in Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine to address a target audience of young Muslim women. Khan holds a Ph.D. in international human rights law with a research specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She practiced immigration law in Toronto and has taught international human rights law at Northwestern University, as well as human rights and business law at York University. She is a long-time community activist and writer, and currently lives in Colorado with her husband.

Past Dialogues

2019- “Stand Whose Ground?” Indigeneity, Migrancy, and Sovereignty with Jodi A. Byrd and Shailja Patel.

2018 – “Environmental Futures” with speakers Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon

2017 – “Temporalities of Crisis and Condition” with speakers Lisa Lowe and Mimi Thi Nguyen

2016 – Homi K. Bhabha and Claudia Rankine

2015 – “After Post-Structuralism?” with speakers Nancy Armstrong and Jonathon Elmer

2014 – “Thinking Bodies” with speakers Laura Otis and Jay Clayton.

2013 –“The Queer Commons” with speakers José Esteban Muñoz and Samuel Ray Delany, Jr.

2012 -“Nonhumans: Ecology, Ethics, Objects” with speakers Jeffrey J. Cohen and Timothy Morton

2011 – “Failing to be Subjects: On Queerness and Negativity” with speakers Lauren Berlant and Jack Judith Halberstam

2010 – “Globalization Now: Flows and Limits” with speakers Crystal Bartolovich and Paul Smith