What is Halal? A country bordering Shariahland, or a method of preparing food?
Do the Five Pillars of Islam comply with modern building codes? Or are they simply a philosophy for living?
And if Muslims first arrived in Australia as early as 1800, can they go back to where they came from?
In this funny and informative exploration of Islam in Australia, award-winning comedian and writer Sami Shah takes us behind the stereotypes and generalisations to find out who Australian Muslims are, how they live and what they think. Along the way we meet everyone from a woman who runs a ‘speed date a Muslim night' to a conservative Islamic preacher, and to the founder of a group called Muslims for Progressive Values. The result is an entertaining and
fascinating snapshot of Islam down under today.
Praise for Sami Shah:
‘Humour at its most vigorous and unsparing' — Kirkus Reviews
‘Stylish . . . newsy, bitingly funny' — Sunday Telegraph
‘Raw, funny and inspiring' — Wendy Harmer
Growing up in Karachi isn’t easy. Wahid has a lot on his mind: the girl he likes, mostly, but also choosing a good university and finding time to play Dungeons & Dragons. Oh, and the fact that he can see djinns, other-worldly creatures made of a smokeless and scorching fire.
After a horrific car accident kills his best friend and djinns steal his girlfriend’s soul, Wahid vows to find out why. Fortunately, he has help in finding the djinns that tried to kill him. Unfortunately, that help is from the darkest of all spirits, the Devil himself …
Fire Boy is filled with supernatural entities and high-paced action, but it also gives the reader a vivid insight into life in Pakistan.
Praise for Fire Boy by Sami Shah
‘Bold, compelling fantasy with a truly original setting.’ – Saladin Ahmed
‘Sami Shah blends the tenderness of Octavia Butler with the supernatural folklore of Nalo Hopkinson. His characters – human and otherwise – are skilfully drawn, and the vibrant streets of Karachi are vividly brought to life. Fire Boy is an eloquent imagination explosion.’ – Maxine Beneba Clarke
‘I was enchanted by the lyrical and atmospheric prose – Sami Shah brings the streets of Karachi to life with a deft hand, ancient folklore colliding with the modern internet age.’ – Kylie Chan
Earth Boy takes the fast pace of Fire Boy up a notch, delivering a stunning climax but also a meditation on what it means to grow up.
Praise for Sami Shah
‘Bold, compelling fantasy with a truly original setting.’ Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon
‘I was enchanted by his lyrical and atmospheric prose – he brings the streets of Karachi to life with a deft hand, ancient folklore colliding with the modern internet age.’ Kylie Chan, author of White Tiger
‘With Fire Boy, Sami Shah blends the tenderness of Octavia Butler, with the supernatural folklore of Nalo Hopkinson. His characters – human and otherwise – are skilfully drawn, and the vibrant streets of Karachi are vividly brought to life.’ Maxine Beneba Clarke, author of Foreign Soil