Abda Khan is a solicitor, published writer, and speaker. Her novel Stained (2016) was described by Booklist (USA) as the “contemporary Tess of the d’Urbervilles”. Abda’s latest novel Razia will be published in 2019 by Unbound. She received a ‘True Honour’ Award from IKWRO (2017) and was a Highly Commended finalist in the NatWest Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2017. She was the Your Saheli ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year 2018’ and is a finalist in the Midlands Business & Community Awards.
The need for British Muslim voices in British Fiction
It is vitally important that British Muslim voices are reflected in contemporary British fiction. These voices can make a difference not only by raising the profile of certain issues, but they can also help to promote interfaith harmony. These diverse voices allow readers from the author’s own community to feel a sense of belonging, and also allow people from outside the community to gain insight into the religion or culture which they would not otherwise have.