Join us for an evening of dramatic readings from “Jihad Against Violence” and “Lahore with Love”
Sunday, 14th March 2010 | 6:00 pm
Jihad Against Violence is a poetic memory-play, meant to jolt us out of our complacency with violence in our lives. At once dramatically poignant, and at times hilarious, this play is written and performed by two women activists. It weaves together their memories and desires of the past and the present both from a personal, as well as a political vantage point. It speaks to issues of Muslim womanhood in a patriarchal world, which may be similar to those of the “turd” world in relation to the “first” in our neo-imperial moment which knows no past nor present, only an unending continuum: shall we cry, or shall we laugh? Maybe both … and maybe, just maybe, to dare to have the audacity to hope for change; we can’t go on, we must go on!
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English at Montclair State University, NJ. She is the author of four books of criticism in the areas of Feminism, Performance and Postcolonial Studies. Her memoir, Lahore with Love – Growing Up with Girlfriends, Pakistani-Style, has recently been published by Syracuse University Press. She is a frequent contributor of political analyses of Pakistan to Counterpunch, has appeared on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now, is a trained vocalist in the North Indian classical tradition, and was recently presented with a Public Service Award by the American Muslim Alliance.
Lahore with Love – Growing Up with Girlfriends, Pakistani Style can be purchased from T2F’s Bookshop and Fawzia Afzal-Khan will be available after the readings to sign copies of her book.
Seats are limited and will be available on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. No reservations.