Tabish Khair

Tabish Khair



Tabish Khair was born and educated in Bihar, India. He worked in Delhi as a Staff Reporter until his late twenties and is now a professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. Winner of the All India Poetry Prize, his novels have been shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize (Hong Kong), the Hindu Best Fiction Prize and the Crossword Vodafone Literature Awards (India), the Encore Award (UK) and for translation prizes in Denmark and France.

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The Thing about Thugs

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How to Fight Islamist Terro...

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Jihadi Jane

3.79 avg rating — 261 ratings — published 2016 — 7 editions
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The Bus Stopped

3.26 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2004 — 8 editions
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The Gothic, Postcolonialism...

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Filming: A Love Story

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Man Of Glass

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An Angel in Pyjamas

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“Reason is not a tyrannical God like Allah, or a bloodthirsty demon like Bhowanee; Reason does not speak in my ears but gives me ears to listen with.”
Tabish Khair, The Thing about Thugs

“Time is such a cheat. The more importance you give it, the less you have of it.”
Tabish Khair, The Thing about Thugs

“Why did Allah have to create Shaitan, or God have to create Satan? Why create evil? We were told then—as I was told at home—that it was to test humanity. But why test humanity if you are all-powerful and purely good? Why not just drench humanity in pure goodness, as if in your divine rays? The answer—don't laugh at me—that I have now is this: Evil is precondition to goodness. Goodness reveals itself only in its capacity to tolerate the pettiness and dullness of evil. Goodness has to live with the possibility of evil, not eradicate it. As long as it does so, the evil that confronts goodness stays petty, dull, limited, essentially unimportant. But when goodness wants to become pure and alone, that is when it turns evil, truly evil; not the grubby evil that it has to tolerate in order to be goodness, but Evil itself.”
Tabish Khair, Jihadi Jane

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