Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic from Saqi Books #BookReview


Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic

Words and Pictures on How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Alien Next Door

Edited by Lynn Gaspard

How can you tell if your neighbor is speaking Muslim? Is a mosque a kind of hedgehog? Can I get fries with that burka? You can’t trust the media any longer, but there’s no need to fret: Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic provides you with the answers.
Read this book to learn how you too can spot an elusive Islamist. Discover how Arabs (even 21-year-old, largely innocuous and totally adorable ones) plant bombs and get tips about how to interact with Homeland Security, which may or may not involve funny discussions about your sexuality.
Commissioned in response to the US travel ban, Don’t Panic, I’m Islamic includes cartoons, graffiti, photography, coloring in pages, memoir, short stories and more by 34 contributors from around the world. Provocative and at times laugh-out-loud funny, these subversive pieces are an explosion of expression, creativity, and color.

Contributors: Hassan Abdulrazzak, Leila Aboulela, Amrou Al-Kadhi, Shadi Alzaqzouq, Chant Avedissian, Tammam Azzam, Bidisha, Chaza Charafeddine, Molly Crabapple, Carol Ann Duffy, Moris Farhi, Negin Farsad, Joumana Haddad, Saleem Haddad, Hassan Hajjaj, Omar Hamdi, Jennifer Jajeh, Sayed Kashua, Mazen Kerbaj, Arwa Mahdawi, Sabrina Mahfouz, Alberto Manguel, Esther Manito, Aisha Mirza, James Nunn, Chris Riddell, Hazem Saghieh, Rana Salam, Karl Sharro, Laila Shawa, Bahia Shehab, Sjón, Eli Valley, Alex Wheatle.

I am so glad I got an email from Saqi Books regarding this book. And I am even happier I got my hands on it. It’s amazing!


Such an alive book. Witty, funny, sarcastic, real, honest. It’s a collection of art and writings from Islamic men and women who encountered interesting situations. A collection of funny little stories connected to life as a Muslim in today’s world, right after Trump’s ban and other immigrant accounts.

Art exhibition in a book, I could say. An awesome collection of stories from comedians, writers, artists, and regular people.

Portrays how narrow-minded the West can be when looking at Islamic-looking or sounding people. Sarcasm and irony all across the board. An eye-opening journey from page 1.

Separate little pieces of real life tied together with the red string of common struggle. Treating everyone as normal people with the day-to-day life having the same issues as everyone else. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

“Back in 2015 CNN broke the news that ISIS recruits women with kittens and Nutella. CNN’s Carol Costello said: ‘ISIS recruiters lure Westerners into their fight because they want people to believe their life on the battlefield isn’t so different than yours. They actually eat Nutella, and I guess they have pet kittens.’ So if you spot someone surrounded by kittens, languorously spooning Nutella from the jar you should be afraid. Be very afraid.”

Separate little pieces of real life tied together with the red string of common struggle. Treating everyone as normal people with the day-to-day life having the same issues as everyone else. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Also, it has serious thought-provoking stories that deserve to be read and that deserve to be known and fully understood by our society.

Great fun, great stories, told in an amazing way by funny people, real people.


It’s terribly funny it wasn’t so terrible true sometimes. Interesting take on the way we live our lives in our Western society today and how we look at people who a bit different. As if different is always a bad thing. Instead of learning from them, from those differences, and improve our own lives.

“[…] I try to understand their perspective; that my beautiful language is linked to violence in their collective consciousness; that the words Allahu Akbar have become a sort of trailer song to a horror movie […]
‘Yes, I speak Arabic. Go ahead and sue me.’
‘Yes, I speak Arabic and it is with this language that I have attacked fundamentalists and terrorists more vehemently than you ever will, putting my life at risk.‘”

I loved it, I loved the art and the strong message from many of the pieces shown in the book. It must be read with an open mind and a sense of humor.

Definitely worth checking out! Again thanks for the review copy to Saqi Books.

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