Introducing Razwan Ul-Haq
1. #IndieBookBanter today welcomes Artist, poet & writer Razwan Ul-Haq. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.
My name is Razwan Ul-Haq, orgininally from Burnley. I sort of do spiritual fiction, Islamic Science-fiction and also Arabic Art. Motivated by trying to introduce something new into the world. Favourite writing place keeps changing. At the moment it is outside amongst nature when it isn’t raining in Yorkshire!
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2. Briefly tell us about your work in progress, what are you planning next?
Work in progress. Working on Islamopolis, which is exploring Islamic Science fiction and minimalism.
3. What was the most unusual source of inspiration for any of your books?
Most unusual source…when a Turkish Phd student once said that Count Dracula hated the Crescent rather than the Cross.
4. Who was your favourite character to write about?
Uhhh. Too many favourite characters!
Here are Razwan’s books with a short description:-
Sultan Vs Dracula
A volumous new concept book, woven around the historic Count Dracula, who fought against a Muslim Sultan at a time the Pope legalised the enslaving of Muslims. The fantasy is set in real history and introduces Count Vlad’s actual younger brother Radu, and the remarkable Sultan, Mehmed II. Harem Princesses feature heavily, as do demons, jinn and blobs of dry humour. You will need more than one sitting to read it in its entirety. The genre is a hybrid Islamic sci-fi fantasy touching Islamic mysticism. Written as a film with dialogue pieces and many an intermission.
Your imagination will want to race through the story, but your mind will urge it to stop now and then at the historical and political commentary. A civilization that has long been forgotten comes alive through references to famous Muslim scientists, artists and others from yesteryear. Who were they? What did they actually do? And how did their minds discover so much? How did historic Islam really relate to Christianity at the time of the Crusades? They are interlaced throughout the book with observations of the modern world from the point of view of a future time traveller. Once you have finished reading the book, you may well retain it on your bookshelf for there are hundreds of sayings and poetic responses floating around the margins. The author has selected sayings from each century after the death of the Prophet upon whom be peace to give readers a real flavour of wisdom from the Muslim world.
Don’t see it as a quick read. It is an art-thing for you to keep and treasure. Sultan vs. Dracula is a piece of book-furniture, designed and written for you to dip in and out of at your leisure. The size and feel of the book is based on a retro VHS video cover. The fantasy is written in stop-start-stop scenes to enable your imagination to kick start a film set in your mind. Sultan vs. Dracula attempts to paint a picture of a long lost world for today’s reader.
Black Taj Mahal
A journey of two souls that parallel the meeting of the drop with the Ocean. An easy witty narrative that begins in London and ends in the mystical Black Taj Mahal. Illustrated with Islamic Calligraphy and Mughal inspired miniatures, the spiritual fantasy can be interpreted on many levels. Poetry, coloured in a contemporary style, is embedded in the story to create another dimension within the paperback.
The book includes a handy non-fiction section and is the perfect present from one spiritual lover to another. Whether you are young or old, beast or flower, there is something in this book for everyone; a real breath of sunlight.
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