A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America [From the Publisher] “The year is 1294 – to Christians, 1877. Egypt’s Pharaoh threatens war against Ethiopia’s Empress and plans to embroil the New World in his cause. While the Northern colonists are subjects of the Pharaoh, Southern revolutionaries are loyal to the Empress.” “Caught in the center of the storm is Kai ibn Rashid, married to the Empress’s niece and lord of a vast … Continue reading
Lion’s Blood: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom in an Alternate America The story is set in an alternative North America which was colonized by Vikings in the North and Africans of Muslim extraction in the south. The Vikings supply white slaves to the Muslim south, or Bilalistan. The story is set in 1860s. The point of departure in this world is Socrates leaving Athens around 400 BC to settle in Europe. Rome is destroyed … Continue reading
Alternate History is NOT one of those genres where alternate theories about history are entertained or discussed. It might be better to describe it as speculative history or rather an intellectual exercise in the ‘what ifs’ of history. This section contains alternative history stories and novels where the setting is Islamic, Muslims are main or even minor characters in this particular SF genre.
The 99 is a comic book series aimed at a Muslim audience. The idea is that there are 99 Muslim superheros each of whose superpowers reflect the attributes of God. Here is an article from the New York Times that describes the comic. Comics to Battle for Truth, Justice and the Islamic Way Published in The New York Times, 22 January 2006 Hassan M. Fattah http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/22/international/middleeast/22comics.html DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 21 – For comic … Continue reading
The emergence of science fiction in Arabic literature Snir, Reuven, Der Islam, vol. 77, no. ii, pp. 263-285, 2000 Fantascienza in Mauritania. La storia di un uomo nato nel 1034 emorto nel 2055: Madinat al-riyahdi Musa Wuld Ibnu Camera d’Afflitto, I., Oriente Moderno, no. 16, pp. 331-340, 1998 Remembering the future: Arabic time-travel literature Cooperson, M., Edebiyat, vol. 8, no. ii, pp. 171-189, 1998 Note sur Dib et la science fiction: l’exemple de Cours sur … Continue reading
G. K. Chesterton’s 1914 novel, “The Flying Inn” is set in a near-future (for 1914) United Kingdom which has been taken over by Muslims. The Muslims have imposed Shariah and banned alcohol, and the two main characters (who are English) have taken it upon themselves to smuggle alcohol all over England to the desperate English in an act of defiance against the authorities. They are constantly on the move to keep one step ahead of … Continue reading
In Arthur Clarke’s Hammer of God there is a religion called Chrislam which is based on Islam and Christianity. The religion is founded by a female veteran of the Gulf War. [Thanks to Guido N. for pointing this out]
Here is an excerpt from a review of The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by William Mingin at Strange Horizons. “Fuwaad ibn Abbas, a fabric merchant, tells this story to the Caliph of Baghdad, perhaps in the classic “Arabian Nights” period of the Caliphate, as “a warning to those who would be warned and a lesson to those who would learn.” On entering a metalsmith’s shop, he finds many intricate devices and “ingenious mechanisms.” The … Continue reading