Labib Mahmud

Labib Mahmud is a freelance writer and designer. His interests lie in subversive literature and discourse. Reach him at labib.mahmud848@gmail.com or @labib.mahmudd on Instagram.

On music and literature in a Postcolonial context

As someone who is interested in Muslim novels—by which I mean novels written by Muslims about Muslims—I always feel a scholarly tug towards Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album (Scribner, 1995) when speaking of the at times uneasy but mostly comfortable marriage between music and literature.

9m ago

What I mean when I say “listening to books”

Listening is stretching beyond ourselves and another, and if we were to listen to printed words on paper as non-verbal cues of communication, it too emits lower frequencies that moves us, beyond the I, towards new modes of knowledge.

11m ago

On a romantic night of self

It has been more than a few weeks since I arrived in London for my Master’s, and I still miss my friends, family, and acquaintances back home.

11m ago

Moshari: The hype and beyond

What changes in the Bangladesh film industry should we hope for? 

1y ago

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer on what it means to be Muslim and cool

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer is an Afro Latina Muslim, a hip-hop head, and the originator of the term "Muslim Cool". Through her book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion,

3y ago

‘Who They Was’: A powerful voice from the rough streets of London

Gabriel Krauze is not your average Booker-longlisted author. He rocks streetwear, Air Maxes, gangster chains, and most importantly a big grin that unveils his signature “iced grillz”—a statement of one’s journey on the streets.

3y ago

Top reads to better understand the horrors of Palestine

With settler colonialism and apartheid taking place in Palestine—with at least 227 Palestinians, 64 of them children, having been killed over the last 11 days

3y ago
October 5, 2023
October 5, 2023

On music and literature in a Postcolonial context

As someone who is interested in Muslim novels—by which I mean novels written by Muslims about Muslims—I always feel a scholarly tug towards Hanif Kureishi’s The Black Album (Scribner, 1995) when speaking of the at times uneasy but mostly comfortable marriage between music and literature.

August 4, 2023
August 4, 2023

What I mean when I say “listening to books”

Listening is stretching beyond ourselves and another, and if we were to listen to printed words on paper as non-verbal cues of communication, it too emits lower frequencies that moves us, beyond the I, towards new modes of knowledge.

July 29, 2023
July 29, 2023

On a romantic night of self

It has been more than a few weeks since I arrived in London for my Master’s, and I still miss my friends, family, and acquaintances back home.

December 3, 2022
December 3, 2022

Moshari: The hype and beyond

What changes in the Bangladesh film industry should we hope for? 

July 8, 2021
July 8, 2021

Su’ad Abdul Khabeer on what it means to be Muslim and cool

Su'ad Abdul Khabeer is an Afro Latina Muslim, a hip-hop head, and the originator of the term "Muslim Cool". Through her book, Muslim Cool: Race, Religion,

May 27, 2021
May 27, 2021

‘Who They Was’: A powerful voice from the rough streets of London

Gabriel Krauze is not your average Booker-longlisted author. He rocks streetwear, Air Maxes, gangster chains, and most importantly a big grin that unveils his signature “iced grillz”—a statement of one’s journey on the streets.

May 20, 2021
May 20, 2021

Top reads to better understand the horrors of Palestine

With settler colonialism and apartheid taking place in Palestine—with at least 227 Palestinians, 64 of them children, having been killed over the last 11 days

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