Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic

Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

Edited by Lynn Gaspard

A Sunday Times Best Humour Book of the Year 2017

‘Bursting with creativity, wit and intelligence’ Brian Eno

How can you tell if your neighbour is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can’t trust the media any longer, but there’s no need to fret: Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic provides you with the answers.

Read this book to learn how you too can spot an elusive Islamist. Discover how Arabs (even 21-year-old, largely innocuous and totally adorable ones) plant bombs and get tips about how to interact with Homeland Security, which may or may not involve funny discussions about your sexuality.

Commissioned in response to the US travel ban, Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic includes cartoons, graffiti, photography, colouring in pages, memoir, short stories and more by 34 contributors from around the world. Provocative and at times laugh-out-loud funny, these subversive pieces are an explosion of expression, creativity and colour.






About the Author

Contributors: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Leila Aboulela, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Shadi Alzaqzouq, Chant Avedissian, Tammam Azzam, Bidisha, Chaza Charafeddine, Molly Crabapple, Carol Ann Duffy, Moris Farhi, Negin Farsad, Joumana Haddad, Saleem Haddad, Hassan Hajjaj, Omar Hamdi, Jennifer Jajeh, Sayed Kashua, Mazen Kerbaj, Arwa Mahdawi, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alberto Manguel, Esther Manito, Aisha Mirza, James Nunn, Chris Riddell, Hazem Saghieh, Rana Salam, Karl Sharro, Laila Shawa, Bahia Shehab, Sjón, Eli Valley, Alex Wheatle.

About the Editor(s)

Lynn Gaspard is the publisher of Middle-East specialist press Saqi Books. Shortlisted for the Independent Publishers Guild Young Publisher of the Year Award in 2013, Gaspard is a trustee of the Shubbak Festival and sits on the English PEN Writers in Translation Committee.


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‘Refreshing and important. In a world where politics is increasingly driven by divide-and-rule, let’s start thinking “add and multiply”.’ Brian Eno

‘An extraordinary achievement. Fighting back at ignorance with hilarity, ebullience and wit, this collection gracefully exposes the raw hurt that misunderstandings based on stereotypes can cause.’ Selma Dabbagh

‘Thoughtful and entertaining… this subversive romp into the nuanced world of Muslims is exactly what we need in today’s increasingly polarised climate.’
Reza Aslan

'The first great anti-Trump book...The sudden arrival of Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic feels a little like the first fulfillments of an important promise. Here is an unpretentious, funny, and even pretty little book, taking an often satirical aim at the nastiest of Trump’s early policies—the so-called Muslim Ban—and the culture that has allowed it to fester.'
Culture Trip

‘The perfect antidote to a year dominated by a Presidential Twitter account.’ Sunday Times Best Humour Book of the Year 2017

‘A sparky collection of humour, essays and photographs’ Prospect

‘Funny and moving’ Bookwitty

‘A wonderful, subversive anthology ... Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic is a fun, easy read that will make you laugh out loud. ... A welcome antidote to the mainstream stereotyping of millions of people. Read it – and then pass it on.' ★★★★ New Internationalist

‘Don’t Panic I’m Islamic is a very strong start to what I hope will become a strong and very visible series of anthologies of art, wit and critical thinking.’ Wasafiri

‘Unique, captivating and entertaining … While at their core the stories are sad and question humanity’s ignorance, they are presented in a stimulating and humorous format designed to both entertain and inform. … May this book prompt us all to further reflect on how we view and treat others.’ ★★★★ Canvas

‘The ultimate (hilarious) reality check. A provocative miscellany, Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic is subtly subversive, unpretentious, and a visual feast. We love it’ Bookblast

‘A celebratory treasure trove of writing and art in response to anti-Muslim prejudice.’ ★★★★