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A New Manifesto for Islamic Science Fiction!

Ahmed A. Khan has posted Islamic Science Fiction Coming into Light, a new manifesto for, and discussion of, Islamic science fiction:

Religious or spiritual science fiction (SF) is an established sub-genre of speculative fiction. There are magazines like “Solaris Science Fiction” that cater specifically to this sub-genre of speculative fiction. Of the sub-sub-genres in this category, Christian SF has been quite prominent.

A Google search for “Christian SF” brings hundreds of hits. On the other hand, Islamic SF has been coming to prominence only of late, particularly through the existence of websites like and

At the risk of sounding immodest, I like to think that the publication of anthology, “A Mosque Among the Stars” (edited by Aurangzeb Ahmad and yours truly) contributed more awareness of Islamic SF and planted seeds for fresh discourses.

In view of this rising awareness, I think this is the right time to come up with a definition and a manifesto for Islamic SF.

What is Islamic Science Fiction?

First, let me make it clear that this manifesto is not being touted as a definitive word on Islamic SF. On the other hand, its purpose is to encourage debate and discussion so that more ideas are generated and the field is delineated in more and more detail as time goes by.

So what is Islamic SF? – continue reading!


September 15, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. You might find the following of interest:

    Hankins, Rebecca. Fictional Islam: A Literary Review and Comparative Essay on Islam in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Foundation No. 105: 73-92. Spring 2009.

    Rebecca continues to work in this area.

    Comment by HW Hall | September 16, 2010

  2. Let’s think back. When the old Soviet establishment literature came out, the love stories were usually about a couple falling in love and then one of them sacrificing their love for the good of the State. The crime stories were about nefarious villains trying to subvert Communism and the stalwart investigator, full of ideology, bringing them down. Regardless of genre, there was a lot of chest-thumping about how wonderful the State was, how loving, how GLORIOUS!

    We never called such stories “genre fiction” but called it for what it was. Propaganda. The “Left Behind” series is well recognised as Christian propaganda. Harry Harrison’s short story “The Streets of Ashkelon” is science-fiction. Let’s start telling the difference.

    Comment by KS 'Kaz' Augustin | September 17, 2010

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