Writing British Muslims is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary Britain's ambivalent, ambiguous and often antagonistic and hostile relationship with its Muslim communities and citizens. Ahmed carefully situates her subtle, precise and perceptive readings of both well-known and lesser known texts within their material contexts of production and reception by paying close attention to the ways in which class and social space always intersect with religion, ethnicity and ideology in determining writing by and about British Muslims. This book is a magnificent example of politically engaged literary criticism that brings original insights to bear on matters of great public concern and debate. Anshuman Mondal, Reader in English at Brunel University, 11 May 2015 This is the book we have been waiting for. In lucid, accessible prose, Rehana Ahmed charts a path through recent British Muslim writing, exploring how it illuminates a context in which Muslims have become figures of suspicion, tainted by charges of national disloyalty and tarred with supposed pathological tendencies inculcated by their religion. She deftly shows how those writers featured refute such simplifications, while nonetheless having to negotiate the anthropological demands of readers and reviewers keen to gain an authentic insight into allegedly sequestered Muslim life in Britain. Ahmed exposes the tensions between private and public modes of faith, and points out the universalising tendencies and blind spots of aggressive secularists and freedom of speech fundamentalists. Most valuably, in brilliant readings of Monica Ali and Nadeem Aslam in particular, she takes us back to the often-overlooked determinant of class, showing how the right to represent is a product of specific material conditions and histories that continue to shape writing - and reading - in an age of Islamophobia. Peter Morey, Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies, University of East London, 19 May 2015 'This is a book that a researcher into Muslim Britain cannot ignore.' Kaiser Haq, Wasafiri -- .