Leila Aboulela was born in 1964 in Cairo and grew up in Khartoum. She studied Economics at Khartoum University, then moved to England to obtain a masters degree in Statistics at the London School of Economics. She has had several short stories published in anthologies and broadcast on radio, and her story “The Museum” won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2000. Her collection of stories, Coloured Lights, was published in 2001. She is the author of four novels: The Translator (1999), Minaret (2005), Lyrics Alley (2010), and The Kindness of Enemies (2015). Aboulela lives between Abu Dhabi and Aberdeen.
The Romance of Resistance
IN FEBRUARY OF 1858, The Spectator, a leading conservative English magazine, directed its readers’ attention to the captivity account of two “...