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Name  Muneeza Shamsie

Role  Writer
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Muneeza Shamsie (née Habibullah) is a Pakistani writer, critic, literary journalist, and editor. She is author of a literary history "Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani English Literature" (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016) and is the Bibliographic Representative (Pakistan) of 'The Journal of Commonwealth Literature' ( She is on the International Advisory Board of 'The Journal of Postcolonial Writing' ( and has guest edited its Special Issue Volume 47 Issue 2, 2011: Beyond Geography: Literature, Politics and Violence in Pakistan. She is on the Advisory Committee of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature ( and served as a 2013 jury member. From 2009-2011 she served as regional chair (Eurasia) for the Commonwealth Writers Prize ( She is editor of three pioneering anthologies of Pakistani English literature, of which the US edition of 'And the World Changed Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women" received the Gold IPPY award and the Bronze Foreword Award in the United States.(


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Her memoir essays have appeared in "50 Shades of Feminism" edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes and Susid Orbach (Virago, 2013), (, 'Moving Worlds: 13.2 Postcolonial South Asian Cities' ( and "The Critical Muslim" (

She is daughter of Jahanara Habibullah (the author of a memoir, Zindagi Ki Yadein: Riyasat Rampur Ka Nawabi Daur) and niece of Attia Hosain, noted English femini)st and writer. Her daughter is the Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie.

Life and career

Muneeza Shamsie was born in Lahore, Pakistan and educated in England at the Wispers School. She is the daughter of the writer Jahanara Habibullah.

Shamsie is a regular contributor to the Dawn newspaper, as well as the Herald and Newsline magazines on literary affairs. She is also on the editorial board of the Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies.

Shamsie's most significant works are her compilations of the works of some Pakistani authors writing in English.

Books edited

  • A Dragonfly in the Sun: An Anthology of Pakistani Writing in English (1997) ISBN 0-19-577784-0
  • Leaving Home: Towards A New Millennium: A Collection of English Prose by Pakistani Writers (2001) ISBN 0-19-579529-6
  • And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women (2005) ISBN 81-88965-23-5
  • And The World Changed: Contemporary Stories by Pakistani Women (2008) (US edition) ISBN 978-1-55861-580-9
  • References

    Muneeza Shamsie Wikipedia

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