(US, 1980) is an American Muslim with Pakistani forebears. He writes plays, essays, sketches and works as a solicitor, blogger and journalist. He acquired fame with the first comprehensive play about American Muslims after 9/11, the exceptionally funny tragicomedy The Domestic Crusaders, which premiered in 2005 and was published as a book in 2010. His essays appear in The Guardian and The Huffington Post, among others. Wajahat Ali was proclaimed influential 'Muslim American Artist' and in 2008 and 2010 was invited to the annual White House Ramadan dinner. He is seen as 'Muslim leader of the future' owing to his journalistic work and took part in the 'Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow' conference in Qatar. He also researches Islamophobia in the US and was the first author of Fear Inc, the Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America, published by the Center for American Progress.(WU 2013 GR)
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The most beautiful stories from across the world. Citizens from The Hague will tell tell their most beautiful story, including alderman Rabin Baldewsingh and barista Barro Kessler. Foreign students at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague tell their stories to the public. Foreign writers also participate. From Pakistan, Curaçao and Iraq. Kenyan poet Ngwatilo Mawiyoo sings her poems, accompanied by Mark Tuinstra en Serigne Gueye. Her compatriot Gregg Mwendwa works for Hivos in Africa. He tells about art and culture in his region. And about the power of stories. A programme in cooperation with Theater Dakota and Hivos Cultuurfonds. In Dutch and English.
The whole evening interviews with writers at the festival for the VPRO radio programme De Avonden Live. Visitors are allowed to peek freely and listen in. In English.
Humour eases all pain. No matter how deep the sorrow, or how explosive the situation. Are writers present-day jesters and do they get away with mockery, as long as what they say ismeant in jest? Three Pakistani writers cross swords, or rather: words, on this topic. With a poetic and humorous performance by Rodaan Al Galidi and music by the Iranian percussionist Mohammad Reza Mortazawi. In English.