A passionate voice for social justice for diasporic Asian writers and communities in the UK, Rukhsana Ahmad is a British-based writer of Pakistani origin who emerged as “a strong feminist British Asian voice in the 1980s” (Shamsie, 524). She is a playwright, short story writer, poet, and translator, and has produced works which span various genres. As an expatriate author, Ahmad has "both experiences at her disposal”, which Christiane Schlote defines, using Paul Gilroy’s terms, as “grounded certainties of roots” and “transnational contingencies of routes” (87). Ahmad’s works question the impact of “racism, poverty, and patriarchy” on women’s lives in Pakistani and British society (88).
Rukhsana Ahmad was born in Karachi in 1948 and graduated from the University of
Citation: Yaqoob, Munazza. "Rukshana Ahmad". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 October 2022 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14582, accessed 11 December 2023.]