Introduction and interview: a multi-arts project

Jon Burtt, Katie Lavers, Iqbal Barkat

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In this article digital artist and filmmaker Iqbal Barkat discusses his new work Terrorist/Apostate, a multi-arts project, with scholars Katie Lavers and Jon Burtt. Terrorist/Apostate is based on the lived experience of his collaborator, Lebanese Australian actor Fadi Alameddin. It explores the tensions that arise as the central character begins to question his faith and his identity as a Muslim in Western Sydney. Barkat discusses how the play is informed by the critical discourse between different, often polarized, readings of Islam across a wide range of media. In particular he suggests that contemporary discussions of Islam by Muslim writers including feminists, humanitarians, LBGTI community members, and religious scholars reveal a more complex and nuanced idea of Islam than the reductive 'popular critiques' presented by many western commentators, and that authors such as Tariq Ali, Fatema Mernissi, and Nawal El Saadawi engage with the notion that there never has been a single idea of what constitutes Islam, but rather 'a plurality of Islams'. Through a wide-ranging open-ended interview process Barkat discusses this critical discourse about contemporary Islam in the context of this important new theatre work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
JournalPerforming Islam
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Islamophobia
  • Muslim artist
  • Hybrid art
  • Apostasy
  • Western Sydney
  • Terrorism
  • Solo performance
  • Pluralism


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