Storying Relationships

Young British Muslims Speak and Write about Sex and Love

Richard Phillips, Claire Chambers, Nafhesa Ali, Kristina Diprose, and Indrani Karmakar


Storying Relationships explores the sexual lives of young British Muslims through their own words and stories 

Storying Relationships explores the sexual lives of young British Muslims in their own words and through their own stories. It finds engaging and surprising stories in a variety of settings: when young people are chatting with their friends; conversing more formally within families and communities; scribbling in their diaries; and writing blogs, poems and books to share or publish.

These stories are interesting to read and to hear, but they also have wider significance because they challenge stereotypes about Muslims, who are portrayed as unhappy in love and sexually different, even dangerous. The young people who emerge in this book, contradicting racist and Islamophobic stereotypes, are assertive and creative, finding and making their own ways in matters of the body and the heart.

Their stories – about single life, meeting and dating, pressure and expectations, sex, love, marriage and dreams – are at once specific to the young British Muslims who tell them, and resonant reflections of human experience.

Author Bio

Richard Phillips is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK. His books include Mapping Men and Empire: A Geography of Adventure (1996); Decentring Sexualities: Politics and Representations Beyond the Metropolis (2000); Sex, Politics and Empire: A Postcolonial Geography (2006); and Muslim Spaces of Hope (2009, Zed Books).

Nafhesa Ali is a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, UK. Her doctorate focused upon the experiences of ageing among British Asians in northern England, a subject on which she has published articles in journals of Sociology.

Claire Chambers is a Senior Lecturer in Global Literature at the University of York. She is the author of Britain Through Muslim Eyes (2015), British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers (2011), and Rivers of Ink: Selected Essays (2017). She is a regular columnist for Dawn, the longest-running broadsheet newspaper in Pakistan.

Indrani Karmakar is Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Literary Studies in English in Rhodes University, South Africa. She completed her PhD from the University of York, UK. In her fellowship, she is expanding and reworking her doctoral thesis on Indian women writers' depictions of motherhood into a monograph. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, South Asian literature, feminist theories, motherhood, women's writing, and diasporic literature. She is Social Media Editor for the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.  

Kristina Diprose is a Senior Research Fellow within the Born in Bradford team at the Bradford Institute for Health Research. She completed her PhD in human geography at the University of Leeds in 2015, then worked on several research projects at the University of Sheffield: Intergenerational Justice, Consumption and Sustainability in Comparative Perspective, Localising the Sustainable Development Goals, and Storying Relationships. She has also worked in research and evaluation for The Young Foundation and national Citizens Advice. Her research interests include childhood, youth, and intergenerational research, co-production, and sustainability through an environmental justice lens.

Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures and Captions
Chapter 1:      Single
Chapter 2:      Meeting
Interlude 1:    Coming to Terms
Chapter 3:      Dating
Chapter 4:      Love
Interlude 2:    Speaking to Stereotypes
Chapter 5:      Pressure
Chapter 6:      Married
Interlude 3:    (Not So) Different
Chapter 7:      Sex
Chapter 8:      Dreaming
Guide to Literary Sources


Publication Date: 25 March 2021
216 pages

Product ISBNs: Hardback: 9781786998460
eBook ePub: 9781786998439
eBook Kindle: 9781786998446

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